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Independence Without Fear

Learn to become a Support Service Provider

Support Service Providers (SSP) are specially trained to accompany Maine residents who are deaf-blind or who have both hearing and vision loss. SSPs assist people to access their communities through activities such as shopping, meetings, and medical appointments. They provide information so people can make informed decisions about their lives and activities. SSPs do not perform cleaning, cooking, washing, running errands, counseling, or interpreting.

The SSP Training is part of the Independence Without Fear Program which connects people with dual sensory loss to resources and services throughout Maine that will assist them in their pursuit of employment or independent living.

Independence Without Fear group in Maine helping those who are Deaf-Blind or with dual sensory loss
Independence Without Fear group in Maine helping
those who are Deaf-Blind or with dual sensory loss


Train to become a Support Service Provider

The University of Southern Maine offers free two-day trainings that include: sighted guide techniques, and how to communicate visual and auditory information.

Based on funding availability, SSPs may be paid. Mileage reimbursement may also be available.

Qualifications for paid positions:

• 18 years or older

• Completed SSP training

• Clear background check

For more information on how to become a Support Service Provider, contact The Iris Network(207) 774-6273 IWF@theiris.org

For questions on the IWF program, contact Diane Richard at drichard@theiris.org

FILLABLE ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE for SSPs and CONSUMERS: 
SSP Provider Application
SSP Consumer Request Form 

Bonnie Gouzie helping an SSP with a client who is Deaf-Blind
                     Bonnie Gouzie helping an SSP with a client who is Deaf-Blind

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