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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 2, 2018 10:45 AM
From: Representative Dan L. Miller and Rep. Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Deafblind Support Service Providers
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that will codify an expiring grant program which has provided a lifeline for many deaf and blind Pennsylvanians by providing access to support service providers who facilitate communication and provide sighted guidance.

In 2014, the Department of Labor and Industry allocated a pilot grant to start a statewide support service provider program in Pennsylvania. This program has since allowed many more deafblind Pennsylvanians to access their communities and avoid costly in-home care or nursing home placement. To ensure this program continues to succeed in supporting individuals who are deafblind, our legislation would codify the grant program into statute.

Support service providers are trained to assist deafblind individuals specifically by providing environmental information and acting as a guide and communication facilitator.

It is imperative that deafblind Pennsylvanians continue to enjoy services that empower them to live more independent lives. Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

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Introduced as HB2069