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SSC Bulletin 17: April 2013

    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 Coming up ...

    Tuesday, 30th April 2013
    Scottish Sensory Impairment Strategy Consultation - FREE (Booking essential)
    The SSC and the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) are hosting a consultation event on the Scottish Government's new Scottish Sensory Impairment Strategy. This interactive event is an opportunity for professionals to find out what is in the strategy and discuss how it will affect children and young people with a sensory impairment. We want to know your views. The session will start with a presentation on the main points of the Strategy, followed by discussion groups and culminating in feedback and next steps. The collated feedback from this event will inform NDCS Scotland's consultation response and shape the final strategy.

    Target Audience: Teachers of the Deaf, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Educational Audiologists and Psychologists, etc.

    Presenters: Anne Lennon (Interim Director, NDCS Scotland), Frankie McLean (Project Manager, Joint Sensory Partnership RNIB & Deaf Action) and others to be confirmed.


    Wednesday, 5th June, 2013
    Braille Competency Refresher Course - Half day course 45
    The SSC is offering a refresher course in Braille, Grade 2, Standard English Braille (SEB). This course would benefit those who learned Braille some years ago and now need to revise their skills. The areas covered will include reading and writing literary Grade 2 braille, and basic arithmetic. There will be a brief input on Unified English Braille (UEB). The course will be practical with participants working in pairs and/or groups with a Perkins brailler. Places limited to 12.

    Target Audience: Teachers, classroom assistants and parents, etc.

    Presenter: Alison Duthie, SSC Braille Competency Course Tutor


    SSC News

    Deaf Education Tutor
    As of April 2013, Rachel O'Neill will be stepping down from her position with SSC to free up some time for her to complete her PhD studies. We wish Rachel well in this and look forward to opportunities to continue to work together in the future.

    As a result Margaret Millar will take over the tutoring role for the students currently undertaking the Pathway to Competence CPD Course for Teachers of Deaf Children.


    We now have a YouTube Channel. Please have a look recent additions include some Sensory story ideas presented by Lorna Hall and an introduction to the Perkins Brailler by Alison Duthie:

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      STEM Disability Conference/BSL Glossary

      Audrey Cameron and Gary Quinn attended the STEM Disability Conference "Supporting Disabled Students in STEM" on 28 February 2013 to present on the BSL glossary. Their presentation and many others which will be of interest from the event are now available to access at
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      "In Other News ..."

      Research Help: Sign Language & Deaf Children

      City University London are currently developing a novel method of assessing the sign language comprehension skills of deaf children (aged 3-11). As part of the research they are interested in finding out about the current position regarding sign language assessment in schools where signing is used. Please contact

    • for a copy of the brief questionnaire and for further information.

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      Deaf Learners Conference
      There will be a Deaf Learners Conference being held on 28 May 2013 at the University of Westminster, London

    • The conference will discuss the future of Deaf education, Deaf issues and the Deaf community, Deaf jobs and work experience and technology issues.


      Beyond BSL
      10 week course for people who have been through Level 2 and wish to consolidate their skills before moving into the next stage in their BSL learning. Tutor: Clare Canton, MA
      Starts: Thursday 18th April 2013, 6pm – 8pm at Kirktonholme Community Centre, East Kilbride.

    • Email: Mobile: 07795 198 450 (text only)
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      BSL Zone Secret Lab
      Factual series explaining all the mysteries of the world of science in BSL! In recent episodes Professor Knowitall and his sidekicks Dr Spark and Dr Bright tell us all about Light and Sound in a series of fun and exciting experiments. How long does it take the sun's light to travel to Earth? Which is faster, light or sound? How does sound cause the vibrations, which create music? See how sound energy pass through liquid and gases and much more?

      Aimed at children of Key Stage 3 level. Don't miss it! For the full list of episodes look here:

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      Library News

      I have recently updated the website page to give a randomised list of 6 of our newest items. Please check it out, it only covers books at the moment, 'refresh' the page to see other items.


    New additions to the Journal collection includes Deafness and Education International which has a useful article about outcomes for bilateral cochlear implants and a report on a UK study about bilingualism and how it relates to social and emotional issues.

    The latest Insight magazine concentrates on eye health for children, in addition there is a short article on mathematics, plus 'Caroline's casebook' this time focuses on a young man overcoming his feelings about friends being able to learn to drive while he cannot.

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