Independence Without Fear"INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT FEAR" VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FOR MAINE DEAF-BLIND/DUAL SENSORY IMPAIRED CONSUMERS & SUPPORT SERVICE PROVIDERS (SSP) NOW AVAILABLE!
The Iris Network, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened, University of Southern Maine Linguistics Department, Helen Keller National Center and consumers have been meeting for over a year to develop a Support Service Provider (SSP) Program for people, in the State of Maine, who are deaf-blind/dual sensory impaired. This program has been named, "Independence Without Fear". The mission of this program is to recruit, train and maintain a database of specially trained volunteers who can facilitate communication for people with significant vision and hearing impairments.
Anyone interested in becoming a Support Service Provider volunteer or needing the services of an SSP should contact Cassie Diplock, at The Iris Network.
189 Park Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
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FILLABLE ON-LINE FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE for Consumers & SSPs:
Support Service Provider (SSP) Program Policy
Verification of Hearing Loss/Deafness & Blind/Visual Impairment
SSP Consumer Request Form
SSP Consumer Evaluation Form
SSP Contract Provider Agreement
SSP Provider Application
SSP Provider Time Sheet
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