Support Service Provider Training and Services

Serving the Northwest & Southwest REgions of Missouri

what is a support service provider?

A Support Service Provider (SSP) acts as a link, connecting people who are DeafBlind to their community and environment.  As a SSP, you will provide access to the DeafBlind participant by being aware of your surroundings and relaying all visual and verbal information that you see and/or hear. You will learn to become a guide of navigation in the environment or setting you are in.


Support Service Provider Key responsibilities
 

Communication

SSPs will provide communication access while working with the participants and others involved. Communication is a team effort; both you and the participants will discuss needs and the most effective communication style prior to your time together. 

Information

 As a SSP, you will communicate all environmental information that is requested by the participant. The DeafBlind person may want to know details about their surroundings, such as: people, colors, and buildings. Some DB may not care about the level of detail. Always check with DB. Reading signs, newspapers, mail, bills, and menus might be asked of you as well.

Transportation

Transportation is essential to having a quality daily life, therefore SSPs will provide rides as needed, joining them on public transportation, buses, airplanes, taxis, or by other modes perhaps requested.

Safety

 Safety comes first, which means a SSP must communicate and develop safety plans prior to the assignment with the DeafBlind participant.  Trust is a big factor for keeping everyone safe and working effectively as a team.


apply for services

A DeafBlind participant who shows an interest and applies for involvement in the SSP Program will receive training prior to utilizing services. The participants will be introduced to some local resources, study the key responsibilities, learn how to reserve a provider, work hands-on with trainers and SSPs to practice techniques, and will receive a certification when all requirements are completed. For more information or have if you have questions about receiving SSP Services, please email us at beyondssps@gmail.com.

Section 1: General Contact Information
Name *
Name
Today's Date
Today's Date
Date of Birth
Date of Birth
VP/TTY #
VP/TTY #
Cell Phone
Cell Phone
Address
Address
Section 2: Emergency Contact Information
Name
Name
Phone
Phone
Section 3: Personal Profile
Which best describes your level of hearing?
Which best describes your vision loss?
Which of the following communication methods do you prefer to use?
Check all that apply.
What is your preferred reading method?
Check all that apply.
What is your Support Service Provider gender preference?
Do you prefer your SSP to be a smoker or nonsmoker?
Do you have any allergies (food, insects, medication, etc) or health concerns that we should be aware of?
Section 4: Personal Care Attendant (PCA) and/or Minor
Do you require the services of a PCA while out in teh community?
Are you between the ages of 15-17?
Section 5: Agreement and Information Release
The above facts are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize Beyond Interpreting to release my application information and personal profile to my Support Service Providers. I authorize Beyond Interpreting to send my personal profile to Missouri Comission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the purpose of evaluating to Missouri SSP Grant Program. By submitting below, I agree to complete necessary training and abide by all Missouri SSP Program guidelines.

Thank you for applying with Beyond Interpreting SSP Program services. Beyond would like to remind you that a variety of outings are accessible with your use of an SSP. Here are some ideas listed below, but are not limited to:

Medical Appointments
Community Activites/Events
Education
Reading/Filling Out Paperwork
Communication Assistance (Not Interpreting)
Daily Errands (i.e. groceries)
Employment
Recreation (i.e. fishing)
Transportation


Beyond Interpreting Support Service Provider Training and Services is made possible by a grant through Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.