What do we do?

ASSIST Specialist teachers provide support and guidance to students with significant hearing loss, their families/ whanau and schools.
We co-ordinate services, provide information, assess and monitor educational progress and audiological needs.
This is an ongoing service that is provided by van Asch Deaf Education Centre until the student leaves school.

Who do we help?

  • Students who receive Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) from Year 1
  • Non-ORS verified hard of hearing and deaf students from Year 4 – Year 13
  • Advice and Guidance support to Families/ whanau, SENCO, Teacher Aides, Teachers and Principals

What services can we provide?

  • Support referrals of students to the ASSIST service
  • Support transition of students
  • Assessment: To support access to learning in the classroom/ school environment

Help with using and understanding:

  • Assistive Technology - RM (Remote Mic) systems
  • Hearing Technology - Hearing Aids
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Baha (Bone Conduction)

Where do we provide ASSIST service?

We have ASSIST staff across the van Asch region:
Canterbury, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Nelson/ Marlborough, Otago, Southland, Taranaki and Wellington.

We liaise with

We liaise with a wide range of services and paraprofessionals including:

  • Audiologists.
  • Resource Teacher of Deaf
  • Advisors on Deaf Children (MOE)
  • Cochlear Implant Specialists
  • NZSL Tutors
  • Ministry of Education Specialist support
ASSIST

Contact

Niel Pouwels

Niel Pouwels

Head of Assist Services

e: niel.pouwels@deafeducation.nz
p: 04 478 7320
m: 027 535 0209

Niel Pouwels

Head of Assist Services

e: niel.pouwels@deafeducation.nz
p: 04 478 7320
m: 027 535 0209

Mark Bolger

Mark Bolger

ASSIST Associate

e: mark.bolger@deafeducation.nz
m: 027 584 1333