An example of an SSP working with a deafblind individual.

For more information about the DeafBlind services, please contact:


Thomas Green

DeafBlind SSP Program Administrator

DEAF, Inc.

25 E. Frisco Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63119

(314) 222-0364

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The Role of a DeafBlind Support Services Provider


The role of a DeafBlind Support Service Provider (SSP) is to empower the person who is DeafBlind to be independent and make their own decisions. The SSP assists by allowing the DeafBlind person to integrate into the community with guidance and communication assistance.


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Assist with guidance and safety
  • Relay visual and environmental information
  • Facilitate communication
  • Provide transportation assistance
  • Provide access to information so that the DeafBlind person is empowered to make independent decisions
  • Abide by Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s SSP Code of Professional Conduct
  • Attend and satisfactorily complete required SSP training
  • Participate in program evaluations
  • Comply with Missouri’s SSP policies and procedures
  • Submit accurately time sheets on a timely manner


The SSP does not:


  • Interpret
  • Teach
  • Do household chores
  • Physically lift or move objects
  • Run errands without physically being accompanied by the DeafBlind person
  • Provide personal care services (bathing, cooking, grooming, dispensing medication, etc.)
  • Bring their own friend or family member during an appointment with the DeafBlind person


Qualifications that SSP should have:


  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have basic knowledge of DeafBlind culture
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to communicate comfortably and effectively with DeafBlind individuals
  • Have access to the Internet, use of a personal email address, and working knowledge of Microsoft Word
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance or state-issued identification
  • Demonstrate no criminal record as verified by initial and reoccurring background and fingerprint checks



Are you interested in becoming a SSP and serve the DeafBlind community?


DEAF, Inc. is looking for individuals to contract with to provide SSP services. DEAF, Inc. will provide necessity training to ensure that the SPP providers are able to provide quality services. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us.






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FAX: (314) 266-7427

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