As new staff join Deafway they attend our intensive BSL Level 1 course before starting work in their own department. After 6 months staff attend our intensive BSL Level 2 course.
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
The accommodation comprises four separate, modern and individually designed self contained houses with an emphasis on homely comfort. Each house has its own facilities which include laundry rooms, kitchens and lounges which encourage and facilitate the development of independence.
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. No new members of staff begins work at Deafway without having completed an in-house, intensive, nationally recognised BSL Level 1 course as part of their paid induction. This is followed approximately six months later with an intensive Level 2 course. 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 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