The PA Department of Labor and Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)/Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services(BBVS), PA Statewide Independent Living Council (PASILC), and PA Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) joined to support the goal to “Increase outreach and services to unserved and underserved persons who have a dual sensory loss of both vision and hearing, also known as Deaf Blind.” This pilot grant is a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) initiative funded with Federal and State monies. The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP) is the manager of the DBLW program.
Support Service Providers (SSPs) are specially trained individuals that support persons with a dual sensory loss by providing environmental information. Over 24 states provide these needed services and Pennsylvania will now join that list. Persons who are Deaf Blind and apply for services will receive individualized training on how to utilize SSP services. Persons who are interested in becoming SSPs will participate in one of three statewide trainings, the first of which is being held in Pittsburgh on January 29-31, 2015. The second training for potential SSPs is being offered in the eastern part of the state in February and, lastly, in central PA in March. With statewide trainings completed, SSP services will begin in April, 2015.
For more information for persons who are Deaf Blind interested in participating in the program, or becoming a Support Service Provider, visit The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania's Deaf-Blind Living Well Services page.
Source: PA Department of Human Services