A Sign Support Professional (SSP) is a fluent ASL user who assists d/Deaf, Deafened, Deaf-Blind, Deaf-Plus or Hard of Hearing individuals who require additional ASL language support. SSPs assess the needs of learners to help improve their communication skills. SSPs assist individuals using creativity and by adapting to environments to ensure support of language and communication connections. SSPs help people to build relationships with friends, families, professionals, and others.
Sign Support Professional Staff:
Services that a SSP may provide are:
At SDHHS, SSPs promote equal access for d/Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Deaf-Plus, and Hard of Hearing persons. They provide leadership in developing goals and plans for individual clients. SSPs ensure that holistic supports are searched for, found, and implemented to achieve the goals and plans of the client. They encourage and model positive attitudes, support cultural awareness, enable learners to understand and communicate their thoughts and feelings, and recognize and promote the importance of inclusion. SSPs maintain a strict level of confidentiality and respect.