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:
- Job Interviews
- Shopping for work related attire
- Committee meetings
- Jury duty or appointments related to legal matters
- 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:
- Interviews related to employment
- Interviews with academic institutions
- Meetings with DVR and/or DSB counselors
- Making calls in the workplace
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, .