Through the Direct Payments Scheme The Deafness Resource Centre has Support Workers who can offer one-on-one support to children and young people, providing them with a positive D/deaf role model with lived experience. This approach can be highly beneficial for several reasons:
- Role Modelling: Having a positive role model who is D/deaf and has lived experiences can be inspirational for children and young people facing similar challenges. It helps them see that they are not alone and that it’s possible to overcome obstacles and thrive.
- Empowerment: Interacting with someone who has successfully navigated the challenges associated with deafness can empower children and young people. It can instil a sense of confidence and self-belief, encouraging them to embrace their own identities and abilities.
- Understanding and Empathy: A support worker with lived experience can offer a unique understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by D/deaf individuals. This firsthand knowledge allows for a deeper level of empathy and a more effective and tailored support approach.
- Communication Skills: D/deaf role models can help children and young people develop strong communication skills, including proficiency in sign language or other communication methods. This is essential for building connections with others and navigating various social situations.
- Cultural Competence: Exposure to a D/deaf role model with lived experience also helps in promoting cultural competence. Children and young people can learn about the diversity within the D/deaf community, fostering an inclusive and accepting mindset.
- Advocacy and Support: Support workers can also play a crucial role in advocating for the needs and rights of D/deaf individuals. They can help raise awareness, promote accessibility, and ensure that appropriate
In tonight’s session Darren one of our Support Workers worked with a young person to focus on developing practical skills, including shopping for ingredients, mastering the art of creating and cooking pizzas, and maintaining a tidy environment. To add some fun to the mix, they enjoyed a few games of Dominoes while waiting for our delicious creations to cook.
If you’re interested in Direct Payment support for your D/deaf or Hard of Hearing child/young person, or want more information contact us at:
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