Deaf-Blind/Support Service Provider (SSP) Curriculum

by Deaf-Blind Service Center on Apr 1, 2014
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Press Release April 2014 from the Deaf-Blind Service Center of Seattle

We are excited to announce, at long last, that the materials for the Deaf-Blind SSP curriculum materials are now ready and posted online.  The materials consist of 39 PowerPoint presentations with many pictures, and 18 video clips to help illustrate the materials and methods.  Transcripts of the video are also available. All materials are completely accessible in Braille, large print, and regular print as well as visuals (photos and videos).

The curriculum was designed to be a flexible tool from which anyone can select and adapt what fits their community and situation.  There are three parts, one for SSPs, and two related strands for DB people (A and B) depending on the foundation they need.  It includes descriptions of the role of SSP, including ethics and boundary concerns, and the uses and benefits of an SSP for a DB person, whether they have remaining useful vision or hearing or whether they do not.  We feel these materials will be useful to interpreters working with DB people and friends within the Community as well as to SSPs and DB people themselves.

The materials include

Visual illustrations of specific skills such as sighted-guide, including navigating stairs, elevators and so on. Written description of all pictures. Video and written interviews with experienced DB instructors. A video example of a one-on-one lesson using a DB instructor, novice DB person and an experienced SSP. Description and photos of tactile classifiers and special signs used by DB people Description and examples of top-down discourse Suggested exercises for practicing new skills. Diversity (and complexity) within the Deaf-Blind Community An analysis of DB discourse and how we use our vision

All this and more. Previous users of the curriculum will find that registration is no longer necessary, and that it is easier to find the desired curriculum chapter, PowerPoint or video.

To find the materials (and the curriculum), go to the Seattle Deaf-Blind Service Center website

This document is available on the web at:

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