The Support Service Provider (SSP) Program provides support service providers to deaf-blind (combined vision/hearing loss) individuals to facilitate independence and access to the community.

SSPs provide a range of services including:

  • Sighted guide
  • Assistance with paying bills
  • Assistance at the grocery store
  • And, much more

In partnership with Franklin County Senior Options, the SSP Program is for individuals age 60 and older who have qualifying combined vision/hearing loss and live in Franklin County, Ohio.

For more information or to request SSP services, please contact Barbara Rathmell, SSP Manager, at or (614) 263-5151.

Soft Skills

Made possible by a grant from the City of Columbus, the “Skills for Work, Skills for Life” series seeks to help adults and transition youth with any disability learn and develop “soft skills” such as communicating, listening, solving problems, coping with change, and understanding and valuing diversity, among others.

Our skill-building curriculum consists of 4 unique modules designed to reduce barriers to employment and enhance the student’s competitiveness for the job search. Topics include:

  • Avoiding stereotypes/appreciating uniqueness
  • Lifestyles, work values & self-esteem
  • Interpersonal awareness & effective communication
  • Needs, barriers & strategies for success
  • Interests & skills identification/inventory

For more information or to schedule a class, please contact Gayle Stanford at (614) 261-5792 or