Independence Without Fear

Independence Without Fear Newsletter

What is Independence Without Fear?

Independence Without Fear (IWOF) is a program for Maine citizens who are Deaf/Blind or have a hearing loss and a vision loss (dual sensory impaired).  The program connects consumers to resources and services throughout Maine.  These services assist people with their pursuit of employment or independent living as well as offering advocacy support and computer equipment. 

IWOF has begun a project to identify the more than an estimated 20,000 people around the state who are Deaf/blind or have a dual sensory impairment. The main focus of this outreach effort is to make sure that people are aware of government funded services that exist on a statewide basis. 

IWOF is supported by the Independence Without Fear Advisory Committee which meets every month.

Click Here for the complete IWF Newsletter

Do you or someone you know ...

  • Face barriers because of deaf/blindness?
  • Have a loss of both hearing and vision?

If the answer is YES, please know that you are not alone. There is a network in Maine of public and private services to promote your independence.

Independence Without Fear (IWF) is a program for Maine’s citizens who are deaf-blind/dual sensory impaired. The program connects consumers to resources and services throughout the State of Maine. Resources and services cover everything from independent living skills to advocacy and equipment.

Call or email us: 1-800-715-0097 or

The referral form is available by clicking hereThere may be an "enable editing" button at the top of the page. Please click this button so that the form may be filled. 

Support Service Provider (SSP) 

We are also building a support service provider (SSP) program. An SSP is a trained individual who enables people with combined vision and hearing losses to access their environments and to make informed decisions. If you or someone you know is interested in this program please contact us.

SSP Provider Application

SSP Consumer Request Form 



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