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Lauralee Carty
British Sign Language Communication Support Assistant

Background Information

I am hearing. I have worked in a S.E.N Secondary School for the past two and a half years, Supporting Deaf, Hard of Hearing and students with various disabilities, 1:1 and groups.

How did you come to choose to work alongside the Deaf/Deafblind?

 

Whilst working towards my BSL qualification, I attended a local signing group. We would meet once sometimes twice a week.  On a few occasions I was asked if I would go shopping with some of the members, which I agreed to. I was able to assist / support  Deaf members  out in the community. This gave me an insight into the Deaf community. I decided once I had finished my course, this was something I would like to pursue, to give something back.  I did get a little side tracked, I worked in a S.E.N Secondary school as a CSW/ LSA with Deaf Students, which was a fantastic opportunity and experience.

Hobbies and Interests

I enjoy reading, cooking, writing  poetry, pyrography, drawing- anything creative.

What relevant qualifications do you possess?

BSL Level 1 and Level 2. I am currently studying BSL Level 3.

Preferred method(s) of communication

Spoken English, BSL

Training

Currently studying Level 3 BSL

What’s your favourite colour?
 

Green

Tell me an interesting story:

One evening my husband and I were having a conversation about things that we wish we had done, but never got around to doing, both of us said Sign Language. I then went on to the internet and found a BSL foundation course at my local college. I signed up for it, really enjoyed it,  then went on to do levels one and two, now three.

 

My favourite thing is:

The bell on my keys

Cooking a nice meal and spending time with my family
Curling up on the sofa with a good book

I don't like: 

Mushrooms, aubergines, cougettes

What frightens you?

Nothing frightens me.

Do you like Marmite?

I love marmite.

Do you keep ketchup in the fridge or cupboard?

Ketchup lives in the cupboard.