SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Sign the Petition

Email your Legislator

Call your Legislator

MARCH WITH US!

Come and join us! The more, the merrier! Great opportunity to visit legislators and create a sense of community!

  • Visibility Gathering
    • Every Tuesday at from 10:30 am – 12:45 pm at Capitol Grill inside the State Capitol
  • Legislative March
    • April – TBA

(Please contact accommodation@txssp.info if you are DeafBlind and need a SSP or a Driver!)

Purpose of Senate Bill 704 and House Bill 1564

Senate Bill 704 has been filed by Senator Watson.
https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB704

Also House Bill 1564 (a companion bill) has been filed by Representative Hinojosa.
https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB1564

The goal for the bill is to establish a SSP Program in Texas.

For decades, the DeafBlind community have been overlooked due to their low incidence population. The DeafBlind individual’s access to information and skills is profoundly impacted. By utilizing the specialized communication skills of Support Services Providers (SSPs) , the DeafBlind individual can achieve a greater level of autonomy and independence.

 Help us support the bill!

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DeafBlind Adults
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Benefits of SSPs for the DeafBlind

STRONGER AUTONOMY

GREATER SUCCESS

WIDER ACCESS

National SSP Surveys Results

2017National SSP Surveys Results
2017 National SSP Surveys Results

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Supporters

Testimonials

True tidbits from DeafBlind individuals

"Using SSPs make my life complete; I am able to get groceries weekly, and be the best mother I could be to my two children, without carrying the guilt of asking family members or friends. I would be so lost without one.”
A young female with brown hair
-HB
“SSPs helped me feel connected to people.”
A male wearing glasses
-AC
“I didn’t know what I was missing until I experienced my first SSP at a DeafBlind leadership workshop.”
A young female with blonde hair
-KC
“I was able to go on regular hikes in nature with my friend, a volunteer SSP.”
-KP

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