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SSC Bulletin 6: April 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 6: DAY 2: Friday, 15th June, 2012

    Emotional Well-being for Young Deaf People

    The overall aim of the Healthy Minds training is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to deliver Healthy Minds to deaf children and young people, and provide sufficient information to their parents and professionals.

    Day 2 is devised for the participants to deliver one of the 6 sessions of the Healthy Minds resource to the facilitator and other learners. This day also provides a supporting opportunity for participants to try out techniques and materials.

    The course is accredited with Open College Network and in order to gain Healthy Minds trainers status, it is compulsory that participants attend Day 2 and successfully achieve the accreditation. Also participants will be expected to deliver Healthy Minds to deaf children and young people over the next 3-6 months and produce an evidence-based portfolio. Those who successfully complete their accredited course will become official Healthy Minds trainers!

    Target Audience & Restrictions: 10 places available to those who have already undertaken Day 1 previously.

    NB: Closing date is 25th May 2012

    Presenter: Martin Brown, Emotional Health & Wellbeing Officer, The National Deaf Children's Society, Leeds.



    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.

    Unit T303: Modifying Written Texts

    The aim of this unit 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 learners with weak reading skills. The qualification explores why some deaf pupils need written English to be modified or presented in more appropriate ways. The course includes:

    • features of written English which weak readers find particularly difficult

    • how to maintain the same factual information and features of cohesion in a modified text

    • application of skills in modifying written text in the context of education in schools or colleges;

    • theory and practice in modifying written texts.

    Course level: This is at Level 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. It is Level 3 on the Signature framework which uses the UK Further Education levels.

    Target audience: Teachers and tutors of deaf children, communication support workers, etc. This Unit forms part of a number of Signature qualifications for communication professionals (see


    Preview List of Courses for Session 2012-13: Term 1

    10/9/12: Update on Cochlear Implants Cochlear Implant Team
    12/9/12: Sensory Play and Learning for VI children Judy Denziloe
    26/9/12: Education Communication Worker in Deaf Education
    22/10/12: Secondary Focus Day in Deaf Education Various (transition process primary to secondary and inclusive practice)
    31/10/12: Assessing vision in children with additional support needs: why and how? Dr Maggie Woodhouse
    9/11/12: Early Years Focus in Deaf Education Various
    14/12/12: CVI and common ocular conditions Dr Andrew Blaikie & others


    SSC News

    Graduate Diploma/ Certificate: Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People).
    The Edinburgh programme is delivered in week long blocks (two per module with an additional 2 day practical skills assessment period) and the first of these blocks will be from 10-14 September 2012. Fees for this course will be approximately £3240 per year. Further details are available at

  • London Institute of Education
  • The National UK Habilitation Programmes Leader is Dr Karl Wall 020 7612 6282 and the Programmes Administrator is Kim Reynolds 020 7612 6280 Please contact them if you would like any more information.

    We can offer a range of training from generic awareness-raising on hearing impairment or visual impairment to specific specialist topics for qualified staff, eg, Functional Vision Assessment. It may be possible to adapt our regular courses for delivery to mainstream groups as bespoke courses, for an INSET day for instance - please let the SSC know and the CPD Organiser will contact you.


    "In Other News ..."

    Teachers of the Deaf Vacancies

    The City of Edinburgh Visiting Teaching and Support Service (VTSS) is seeking to employ 2 Teachers of the Deaf. Vacancies are advertised through myjobscotland website with a closing date of 11 May 2012. Vacancy reference is EDN003465.

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    BATOD Scotland
    Half Day May Conference
    , Saturday 12 May 2012

    Last call for people who are interested in the BATOD half day conference if you intend to come could you please let Eleanor ( know. That way your Certificate of Attendance will be available for collection on the day. You may pay the £10 fee on the day if you wish.

    November Conference, Saturday 10 November
    This will be held in The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow and the main speaker will be Patricia MacDonald from the SQA about the new examination structure. (Please note that it is the second Saturday in November this year.)

    Carol Thomson, Chairperson, BATOD Scotland. Tel: 01506 841 900, Email:


    Communication Intervention with Pre-school Deaf Children
    UCL and City University invite professionals involved in working with families of pre-school deaf children to promote interaction strategies to improve children’s communication development to complete an online questionnaire (approximately 60 mins duration). If you are interested please contact:

  • Merle Mahon or
  • Rachel Rees
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    Sign on Screen

    This is an online interpreting facility which aims to make access to a qualified BSL interpreter available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. All that is needed to access the service is a broadband connection and a webcam. Subscription required. For more information contact the SOS Contact Centre:;

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    Additional Support for Learning (MEd/PgCert/PgDip)
    Moray House School of Education in The University of Edinburgh offers taught programmes for teachers involved in teaching children with additional support needs. These qualifications are not organised by the Scottish Sensory Centre and you should contact Susan Scott at the Graduate School for more information: 0131 651 6573.

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    Library News

    We have just received a new publication called "Phonics guidance: for the teaching of phonics to deaf children" which was produced by NDCS in collaboration with BATOD, the Ear Foundation and the Ewing Foundation. It offers practical advice and strategies for using phonics with deaf children along with background information and case studies.

    The latest NB magazine (April 2012) mentioned a new Android App being used with visually impaired students in the US for accessing mathematics graphs and equations using tactile and audio cues. More details can be found on the Vanderbilt University

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