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SSC Bulletin: February 2019

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SSC News

Conference: Physical Activity and Individuals with Visual Impairment or Deafblindness

Booking is still open for this exciting International conference which will take place in Edinburgh from 9th -12th May 2019. Poster submissions still welcome.

Don't leave it too late, the delegate rate will rise to £400 after 31st March 2019:


Would you like to host an SSC course at your school/organisation? We would love to offer courses in venues across Scotland. Let us know if you have a venue we could use. There is great value in training as many staff in a school or service as possible, so this could really benefit your service.

Contact us:, Telephone 0131 651 6501

SSC Secretary

In December we were very sad to wave goodbye to our secretary, Christina, we wish her all the best in her career.

In the meantime everyone is pitching in to keep on top of the course admin and applications. Please bear with us during this transition period.

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SSC Courses

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Keep checking the full list on the website for forthcoming 2019 courses:

SSC Unified English Braille Competency Courses

  • Braille Competency - Uncontracted UEB
  • Applications are being accepted for the 2019-20 course.

  • Braille Competency - Contracted UEB
  • A waiting list has been started for applications for the September intake of the Contracted UEB Braille Competency Course, a few places remain. This course is an SQA accredited skills-based course and requires a high level of commitment and daily practise. The maximum time allowed to complete the course is 18 months. The course runs continuously for this period - holidays etc are not factored into the timetable.

    While waiting to begin the course we would recommend using an Australian UEB website: which is free to use. This will provide plenty of practise and what is involved in learning braille. Please see SSC website for application form and FAQs:

nb. The Braille courses are workbook-based courses that require manual use of a Perkins Brailler so that participants can both understand and produce braille materials. 'Contracted braille' uses short forms of words to allow ease and speed of reading whereas 'Uncontracted braille' translates the text letter by letter.



Other News

Scottish Sensory and Equality Conference & Awards 2019

Organised by deafScotland, Disability Equality Scotland and SCOVI, this event is on Friday, 15 March 2019 at DoubleTree By Hilton Glasgow Central. The theme is CommunicationForAll (film clip with subtitles and voice-over.) Tickets and more information on the conference and awards: Scottish Sensory and Equality Conference & Awards 2019

UKAAF Music Subject Area

New guidelines have been produced "Braille Music and Unified English Braille" B017 which will be of particular interest to students of music, for grade examinations for instruments and voice, and those who support them.

A revised edition of Modified Stave Notation: How to meet individual needs for large print music B016 is now available. It will be of general interest to students of all ages using print music.

UKAAF Website: Music guidelines

Modern Apprenticeship Open Day for Deaf Young People

BDA Scotland in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, will be hosting this event for deaf young people aged 16-29 looking for work or training. Modern Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain skills while working - earning while learning.

There will be many companies and training providers represented plus workshops on CV & application writing, benefits & 'Access to Work'. Parents and school staff are welcome to attend with the young people.

When: Wednesday 13 March 2019, 10am to 2pm
Where: The Orangebox Gallery, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
BSL/English interpreters provided.
For more information please contact: Lesley Winning: 0141 248 5565/07814 675210

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Web and Resources News


We have acquired new items for the library:

Inclusive Fitness Equipment Book cover

The SSC library is open to anyone who has an interest in children with visual impairment or who are deaf, we can send materials to anywhere in the UK.

Tip: Remember to check the journal articles database when searching for information.

New library items are available to browse on the website:

All of these items and many more are available from the SSC Library contact Sheila Mackenzie (0131 651 6069 or



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