The Communication Support Worker team is a group of professionals employed to provide communication support for students on an individual basis or as part of a group with other deaf students. This takes place at the Academy and in mainstream educational institutions such as primary schools, secondary schools, mainstream colleges, universities and other educational organisations.
The CSW team also supports students when taking examinations, attending mainstream school trips or when on work placements. Many CSWs can offer Deaf Awareness training to mainstream Teachers, Lecturers, Employers and peers from the wider community.
The Deaf Academy’s bilingual approach to learning means the role of a CSW is multifaceted, which is of huge benefit to Academy students and supporting those students educated in mainstream settings. Whilst BSL is an important communication tool for deaf students, many students have unique learning needs and require more than one form of support day-to-day.
CSWs can also provide signed supported English, note taking, language modification and tutorial support. This level of bespoke support enables students to fully access educational information contained within curriculums and any other educational and social environments, in a manner best suited to their individual needs.
How to work with Communication Support Workers
To ensure the best working relationship for both the deaf person and the mainstream organisation/setting, below are some tips and guidance on how to effectively work with CSWs.
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