University of Edinburgh

About the Scottish Sensory Centre

For everyone who is involved in the education of deaf children, deafblind children and visually impaired children and young people, the young people themselves and their families.

Our Vision

"To work collaboratively with parents, professionals and young people and to have a positive and enabling impact on the educational provision for children with sensory impairment and those who support them."

Our Mission

The Mission of the Scottish Sensory Centre is to foster educational, research and development activities relating to children and young people with a sensory impairment in Scotland. As a national and internationally respected centre we aim to:

  • Support the Scottish Government by embracing the values and principles of 'Getting it Right for Every Child' and by promoting a positive ethos that reflects the components of a Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Proactively work with parents, teachers and other professionals to offer high quality and relevant professional development activities that will enhance their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to sensory impairment; this information will assist them to adopt resources and strategies which improve young people‚Äôs achievements, attainments and life chances.
  • Participate in and promote the exchange and dissemination of specialist knowledge via the Scottish Sensory Centre information and advisory services and as a hub for other organisations by contributing to and taking forward specialist professional networking.

The information contained in this website is freely available to anyone on the internet. The Centre staff regret that they cannot deal with individual enquiries except from people in Scotland regarding VI, Deafblind and Deaf young people in the 0-19 age group.

  • The SSC Advisory Committee meets four times each year and reviews and monitors the Centre's activities.


The Scottish Sensory Centre is based in the:

We are centrally located in Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile, in Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus (SatNav ref: EH8 8AQ)


map of Edinburgh map of SSC at Moray House, Holyrood Campus

NCP Parking

There is nearby parking at Edinburgh Holyrood NCP Car Park accessible via Viewcraig Gardens. Enquire at SSC about University discounts that may be available on arrival.