Support Service Provider Bibliography

by NCDB on May 1, 2011
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This is a partial list of materials on this topic available from the NCDB Catalog Database.  If you have additional questions, please contact us via email:

Updated 01/2015


Active Support Service Provider (SSP) Programs --Beth Jordan. Sands Point, NY: Helen Keller National Center. (March 2014) This is a description of the support service provider programs that exist in the U.S. as of March 2014.


Deaf-Blind Connections: National Support Service Provider Pilot Project Rolls Out New Curriculum/Jacobs, Rhonda. VIEWS, vol. 27, #3, Summer 2010, pp. 18-19 (2010) This article highlights the importance of support service providers (SSPs) for individuals who are deaf-blind and the establishment of the National Support Service Provider Pilot Project. In 2008 there was a federal appropriation that allowed the Deaf-Blind Service Center (DBSC) of Seattle, WA to begin phase I with the development of a curriculum for training SSPs as well as training people who are deaf-blind to learn more about how to work with SSPs. A copy of the curriculum is available for free download from the DBSC website in print, large print, and Braille 1 and 2. A tactile publication was also produced and presented to approximately 40 individuals who are deaf-blind. Phase II will include multi-media tools such as PowerPoint presentation to with each section of the curriculum, DVDs and other instructional materials. The funding received was enough to cover the technology tools, but enough to cover training trainers, so more funding may be needed to make this happen. Poor copy of this article is on file. This document is available on the web at:


Fact Sheet About Support Service Provider Program-Deaf-Blind Service Center (2001) This fact sheet provides information about support service provider programs. Provides a history of the start of the Support Service Provider (SSP) program. Describes SSP policies and guidelines, training, roles and responsibilities, and resources for further information.


Forum - SSP Services --AADB Conference Forum. THE DEAF-BLIND AMERICAN, vol. 46, #1, January-March 2007, pp.26-31 (2007) This report gives the results summarizing the responses of conference attendees who participated in the SSP Forum at the AADB confer0ence in June 2006 in Baltimore, MD.


Interdependence with Our Valuable SSPs --McNamara, Jamie. DEAF-BLIND AMERICAN, vol. 38, #4, July-September 2000, pp. 31-36 (2000) This article is excerpted from a speech given by Jamie McNamara at the Missouri Deaf-Blind Associations 7th Anniversary Dinner, April 15, 2000. Presents the concept of interdependence versus independence and the role of support service providers (SSPs). Discusses SSP issues and how to identify problems and brainstorm solutions. Identifies a few ideas to get started on how to find SSPs, and keep them.


Interpreters, Interveners, and Support Service Providers (SSPs): The Differences of Roles --Nuccio, Jelica; Cue, Kris. Austin, TX: Texas Deafblind Project. 2007 Texas Symposium on Deafblindness (2007)This presentation discusses the differing roles of interpeters, interveners, and Support Service Providers (SSPs). The presenters are deafblind individuals and describe how to empower deaf-blind people to make independent decisions. The main goal of the workshop is to demonstrate the importance of having a road map for each deaf-blind person with exposure of hands on information and access to experiences.


National Directory of Interpreters and Support Service Providers Who Work With Deaf-Blind Individuals --National Interpreter Education Project, Northwestern Connecticut Community-Technical College. Winsted, CT: National Directory of Interpreters and Support Service Providers Who Work With Deaf-Blind Individuals (September 2000) This is the second edition of a national directory of interpreters and support service providers who have experience working with Deaf-Blind individuals. Listed by state, each entry provides contact information, experience, certification status, signing hand (left or right), availability, and travel distance. For more information or to request a directory contact Northwest CT Community-Technical College, NIEP, Park Place East, Winsted, CT 06098. (860) 738-6382 (voice or TTY), email:


Support Service Provider Fact Sheets (2001) A packet of three agency's description of support service provider guidelines and policies. Descriptions from Helen Keller National Center, Deafblind Services Minnesota, and Deaf-Blind Service Center out of Seattle, Washington. Each one describes what the Support Service Provider ( SSP ) does for the deafblind person, and what services they should not be providing.


Support Service Provider (SSP) General Guidelines --Morgan, Susanne. NTAC (2000) This document provides the guidelines for support service providers (SSPs) for people working with persons with deafblindness. Provides the basic principles that SSPs should follow when working with a person with deafblindness.


Support Services for Deaf-Blind Consumers --Sullivan, Stacey B.; Moran, Audra L. Helen Keller National Center This article and related forms describe available support services for deaf-blind consumers. It includes information on programs to train support service providers (SSPs) in Canada and the United States and information on funding sources. Included are forms from HKNC such as: SSP fact sheet, SSP Competencies, Consumer training on SSP use, SSP Performance Evaluation, Confidentiality Statement, procedures, application, and driving record form.


What Makes a Good SSP and A Good Deaf-Blind Consumer --Gasaway, Mark; Lascek, Susan. THE DEAF-BLIND AMERICAN, vol. 42, #2, April-June 2003, pp. 23-28 (2003) The information in the article was compiled from deaf-blind consumers ands Support Service Providers (SSP) at Georgia's Deaf-Blind Access of the South camp. It includes lists developed by participants on what makes a good SSP and what makes a good deaf-blind consumer. The section on good SSP includes attributes such as attitude, time, skills, transportation, and other issues. The section on a good consumer includes attitude, skills and knowledge, and speaking up. The article gives specifics on each attribute as well as information on how the lists were developed.


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