Personal and Professional SSPs



Title Slide: Personal SSP VS. Professional SSP

I’d like to now discuss the difference between a personal SSP and a professional SSP. 

Title Slide: Professional SSP

Across the United States there are more than 30 SSP programs. These programs often provide training to individuals who want to become SSPs.  Each program has specific guidelines and expectations for SSPs when working with deaf-blind people.  The program will typically have a specified number of hours a Deaf-blind person can work with an SSP in a given timeframe.   For example, one program may allow Deaf-blind individuals 16 hours a month of SSP support.  One deaf-blind person may decide to allocate 4 hours weekly to utilize this support.  It should be noted that there are many communities without ANY SSP programs.

Title Slide: Personal SSP

Again, many communities have NO SSP programs available.  In these instances, HOW can deaf-blind people access their communities?  With no formal programs or very limited hours available how can deaf-blind people make this work?  deaf-blind people can recruit their own SSPs.  We refer to this as a “personal SSP.”  It behooves deaf-blind people to learn strategies on HOW to recruit SSPs.  One potential recruitment method might be to survey family or friends, members of your church, or individuals at community events to help identify prospective SSPs.  We will provide you with guidelines on how to recruit SSPs and how to establish and maintain relationships with them.  The onus of the training will be the responsibility of the deaf-blind person.  He/she will responsible for coming to mutually agreeable terms between himself and the SSP in terms of roles and responsibilities they are to perform.

Title Slide: Please refer to the SSP Fact Sheet for additional information including tips on how to recruit and maintain a personal SSP.