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
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
FILLABLE ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE for SSPs and CONSUMERS:
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SSP Provider Application
SSP Consumer Request Form
Bonnie Gouzie helping an SSP with a client who is Deaf-Blind
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