The Centre’s Regional Specialist Teaching Service provides teacher support to Deaf students in mainstream and unit settings. There are approximately 400 deaf and hearing-impaired students in mainstream settings in the region. Van Asch holds the ORS funding for deaf students in mainstream schools. This support is delivered either as a Resource Teacher of the Deaf or a transfer of staff if the school is in a remote location. Students learning needs are based on their current Individual Education Plan.
Language and literacy assessments inform the level of teacher support provided from year to year.
The Centre provides additional assistance through Specialist Resource Teams. These teams provide outreach services, preschool residential and assessitment visits and NZSL support.
RTDs work in the classroom alongside Deaf/Hard of Hearing students and their peers.
To best meet the neads of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, RTDs make adaptations to the NZ Curriculum.
The team around the student could include a selection of: