As new staff join Deafway they attend our in-house introductory BSL course before starting work in their own department. After 3 months staff attend a certificated BSL Level 1 course, then approximately 6 months later attend a certificated BSL Level 2 course – both these courses are nationally recognised qualifications.
We see sign languages (BSL in the UK, NSL in Nepal, USL in Uganda and other sign languages in other countries) as full, vibrant, living languages.
We believe that every D/deaf child and adult, wherever they live in the world, should have a right of access to sign language.
Further information on our British Sign Language courses
We have a mix of Deaf and hearing staff who are dedicated, highly trained, and either fluent in British Sign Language or working rapidly towards fluency. When needed by particular residents, our staff also use a range of additional manual and visual communication methods.
We are proud of the fact that we maintain a ‘BSL Communication Policy’ which ensures that all Deafway staff (D/deaf or hearing) use BSL whenever there is a Deaf person anywhere in sight – thus avoiding ‘spoken English’ being our predominant language.