Some individuals who are DeafBlind may have some useful vision and hearing, while others have little or none. DeafBlind individuals may be born deaf or hard of hearing and lose their vision later in life. Others may grow up as blind and become deaf later in life. Some people are born DeafBlind, or lose their vision and hearing at an early age.
Support service providers (SSPs) act as sighted guides and facilitate communication for DeafBlind individuals, using the DeafBlind person’s preferred language and communication mode. SSPs help reduce communication barriers and help enable DeafBlind persons to access their communities and to connect with others.
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