Professional Services

Professional-to-Professional services are SSP, CF, and Braille training services for deaf-blind (DB) individuals in professional situations.

Professional Support Service Provider (PSSP):

A PSSP provides transportation, guiding, and visual/environmental information.

Situations requiring PSSPs:

  1. Job Interviews
  2. Shopping for work related attire
  3. Committee meetings
  4. Jury duty or appointments related to legal matters
  5. Major academic events, banquets, or expos

Professional Communication Facilitator (PCF)

A PCF copies sign language from a videophone caller to a deaf-blind person through close vision or tactile sign language. A PCF also shares the visual and environmental information seen on the video screen.

Situations requiring PCFs:

  1. Interviews related to employment
  2. Interviews with academic institutions
  3. Meetings with DVR and/or DSB counselors
  4. Making calls in the workplace
  5. Webinars

Braille Classes

Instruction in both contracted and un-contracted Braille is available and is structured to meet the learning styles of the deaf-blind client in the language mode most clear to them. Classes are usually conducted in a one-on-one environment.

Who pays for these services?

Deaf-blind individuals do not pay for these services, the requesting agencies do. Federal, state, & local government agencies, such as: the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Services for the Blind (DSB), and the court system; employers; consumer agencies; private & non-profit organizations; social clubs; and consumer organizations pay for Professional-to-Professional services.

Agencies wishing to contract services should contact Program Coordinator, Jackie Engler-Morris.