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What is a Support Service Provider on January 22, 2018

What is a Support Service Provider (SSP)? An SSP serves as the eyes and ears of a person with combined vision and hearing loss. SSPs provide visual and environmental information necessary so the participant can access information in order to make decisions independently. The support provided varies depending on the needs of the individual.

Serving individuals who do not live full time in your state on August 23, 2017

We have a consumer who is a resident of another state but lives in our state ½ of the year and the other state the other half. She has an ID from the other state and a home in both states. Which state should serve her?

Cost Effectiveness of the OIB Program on April 10, 2017

It is estimated the OIB programs are touching 1.4-5% of the eligible population of older persons with vision loss. We are serving a very small number of eligible persons, and our programs are often maxed out with waiting lists. We need more funding and more qualified personnel.

Are men under represented in the Older Blind Programs? on April 5, 2017

There has been some discussion about how older blind programs often do not attract males in numbers that reflect the percentage of the older population. Some may be served by Veteran’s Affairs, but there is some concern that programs traditionally may focus more on housekeeping tasks and less on areas of interest to older men.

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