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SSC Bulletin 5: March 2012

    Sharing information with 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.

    SSC Courses

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    SSC Course 7: Thursday, 26th April 2012

    Assessment of Comprehension and Expression (ACE)

    This course will explore the use of the language assessment, Assessment of Comprehension and Expression (ACE), which is widely used with school-age children in deaf education. It will be an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and expertise. Participants will be able to practise the skills needed to arrange the assessment, interpret the results and to work in collaboration to contribute the results of this assessment to IEPs. The ACE assessment is normed on hearing children aged 6-11 and is an assessment which uses spoken English.

    Case study examples will relate the theory about understanding language to the practice of planning IEP targets and language programmes.

    This course will: introduce you to the structure and important features of the ACE assessment; build your confidence in administering the different parts of the assessment and interpreting the results; help you to use the results to plan IEPs and implement language programmes with deaf children who use speech.

    Target Audience: Teachers of deaf children, mainstream teachers and speech and language therapists working with school-age deaf children who use spoken English.

    Presenter: Rachel O'Neill, Lecturer in Deaf Education, SSC/University of Edinburgh


    Online Distance Learning Mode

    Level 3 Award in Modifying Written English Texts for Deaf People (Signature Accredited Course) – Unit K318 Accessible English for Deaf and Deafblind People

    The aim of Unit K318 is to enable teachers of deaf children or support workers to modify and/or present written English texts in a form which is accessible to deaf learners. The course covers: the implications of deafness for accessing spoken language; the limitations of speech-reading; the use of writing to provide access to spoken language; and the implications of using signed English, cued speech or other visual clues.

    Course level: This course is Level 3 on the Signature framework which uses the UK Further Education levels. This Unit forms part of a number of Signature qualifications for training communication professionals working in schools, colleges and in community settings with deaf and deafblind people, see:

  • Target audience: Teachers and tutors of deaf children, communication support workers, support staff working with deaf pupils and students.


    SSC News

    Easter Closure

    SSC will be closed over the Easter weekend on Friday, 6th April and Monday, 9th April 2012.

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    Level 3 Award in Modifying Written English Texts for Deaf People

    The SSC is a Signature (formerly CACDP) approved Centre and offers two online units:

    Unit K318 - Accessible English for Deaf and Deafblind People

    This unit forms part of the Signature Level 3 Award in Modifying Text for Deaf People (MET3) and is also part of the Signature Level 3 Certificate in Learning Support (Communication Support Worker). We can report that for this year's intake there were 18 passes and 4 withdrawals. We would like to offer our congratulations to all of the students completing this course, everyone passed their exam last month. What a great result!

    Unit T303 - Modifying Written Texts for Deaf and Deafblind People

    The exam for this unit took place on Monday with 7 candidates and the results will be available at the end of April.

    Booking for 2012-13 places is now open. NB K318 has to be undertaken first before moving on to T303.


    Unified English Braille (UEB) and the SSC Grade 2 Braille Competency Course

    We have adjusted our course materials to take into account the decision by The United Kingdom Association for Accessible Formats (UKAAF) to introduce Unified English Braille (UEB). However, we are giving new braille students the choice of whether to do the UEB course or remain with the Standard English Braille form.

    Standard English Braille (SEB), Grade 2, is the braille with which braille readers in the UK are familiar. The code consists of many shortforms and contractions with their concomitant rules, as well as the Grade 1 alphabet and numerals.

    Unified English Braille (UEB) is also Grade 2, and in its literary form is very similar to SEB. It is the code used in Canada, Australia, and most other English-speaking countries, excluding the USA that follows its own American code.

    The United Kingdom Association for Accessible Formats (UKAAF) made the decision in late October 2011 to introduce UEB to the UK, implementing it over the next 5 years. Any person already conversant with SEB Grade 2 prose braille should not find the changes difficult to read or write. However, the SSC course in braille competence has had to be altered throughout to allow for the introduction of the signs to learners. The major differences appear in more advanced forms, such as mathematical and technical braille. Only introductory maths braille is included in the competence course.

    Pupils and students who are already braille users will be unlikely to have great difficulty adapting to the changes. The UEB code will be introduced over 5 years, and so we might expect that educational materials in UEB should be available from that point. Your school may decide to start new learners now on UEB in order that they are familiar with the new code from the beginning.

    Details of UEB changes can be found on this website:

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    Pathway to Competence CPD Course for Teachers of Children and Young People who are Deaf or Visually Impaired

    There will be an induction session for those newly registered for the Pathway route and is open to those interested in learning more about this route to qualification. The session will take place in the SSC on Friday, 27th April 2012.


    Scottish Standards for Deaf Children (0-3) Families and professionals working together to improve services

    A reminder that this standard is available and can be collected from the SSC for free if you are visiting us. If you need us to send it to you we are charging a small fee to cover postage and packaging as follows: £1 for one item (50p each for each additional copy - eg £1.50 for 2 copies, £2 for three copies, etc). Cheques or Postal Orders payable to 'University of Edinburgh'.


    Library News

    In order to get to grips with the new incoming rules for UEB we obtained a copy of this manual Rules of unified English braille. It is a useful publication which outlines the differences between Standard English Braille/English Braille American Edition and UEB. Available from this website:

    Scottish Government issued this report in February: Supporting children's and young people's learning: a report on progress of implementation of The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (As amended). The report monitors the implementation of the Additional Support for Learning act and provides statistics and offers examples of best practice

  • Another new addition to the library is the book: Children with hearing loss: developing listening and talking: birth to six (2nd ed) by Elizabeth B Cole & Carol Flexer which offers a framework for teachers and parents who want to develop deaf children’s talking and listening skills.

    Contact the library if you would like to read any of these items.


    SSC is a national centre funded by the Scottish Government (Learning Directorate, Support and Wellbeing) and the University of Edinburgh.

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