American Association of the Deaf-Blind

A New Beginning


Support Service Providers (SSPs)

Last Update:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Support Service Providers (SSP) are
the eyes and ears for deaf-blind people.
Deaf-Blind indivdiual and SSP

Photo Caption: An deaf-blind individual on the left is being guided by a Support Service Provider (SSP) on the right.

What are SSPs?

Support Service Providers (SSPs) are specially trained professionals who enable deaf-blind people and others who have combined vision and hearing losses to access their environments and make informed decisions. SSPs provide them with visual and environmental information, sighted guide services, and communication accessibility.

What do the SSPs do?

For more information, you can check out our white paper on the SSPs' roles and responsibilities. If you are in a hurry or rather see a brief description of the SSPs roles, visit our SSP Brief page.

Why do deaf-blind people need SSP?

This page will explain a few reasons why deaf-blind people need SSPs.

What is AADB doing about the lack of SSPs?

Currently, a five-year strategic plan is under development. Please check with us soon for more details.

Reduce the Isolation

Enable Support Service Providers (SSPs) to be the eyes and ears of deaf-blind people.

For more information, please visit our SSP page or contact the AADB Office.