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Deaf-Blind

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Deaf-blindness is a combination of vision and hearing loss. Some individuals who are deaf-blind have some useful vision and hearing, while others have little or none. A person may be born deaf or hard of hearing and lose their or vision later in life or may grow up as a blind or visually impaired person and experience a hearing loss later. Some people are born with combined vision and hearing loss, or lose their vision and hearing at an early age.

Support Service Providers

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Support service providers (SSPs) relay visual and environmental information, act as sighted guides and facilitate communication for people who are deaf-blind, using the deaf-blind person's preferred language and communication mode. SSPs enable deaf-blind persons to access their communities and connect with other people, reducing communication barriers that otherwise would result in social isolation, incapability to live independently, and inability to participate as citizens within mainstream society.

RESOURCES

Congenital Rubella Syndrome
Deaf-Blind Perspectives
Definitions of Deaf-Blindness
Directory of Services: Deaf-Blind
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
Foundation Fighting Blindness
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
National Federation of the Blind
Support Service Providers
Support Service Providers for People who are Deaf-Blind White Paper
The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)

FACT SHEETS

Children Who Are Deaf-Blind
How do Deaf-Blind People Communicate
Usher Syndrome

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