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SSC Bulletin 7: May 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

Coming up ...

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

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


    SSC News

    Supporting the STEM Curriculum in British Sign Language
    Tuesday 19th June 2012, 10 am-3 pm (London)

    Find out about new BSL signs created by the Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC) for Key Stage 3 & 4 Physics and Engineering terms. This work, commissioned by the STEM Disability Committee, has created over 100 new signs to support KS3/4 Physics and Engineering/Design & Technology. This adds to existing Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry signs already produced under the SSC BSL Glossary project

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  • The SSC project team will introduce some of the signs in the Glossary, explain how the new signs were developed and will demonstrate them in action through an interactive Science show.

    This free event is especially aimed at teachers, researchers and communication support workers plus students at KS3 and KS4 (S1-5) studying physics, engineering or D&T. BSL/English interpreters will be present throughout the event.

  • Please email to request a place.
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    "In Other News ..."

    Through New Eyes (BSL performance)

    Friday 25th May, from 7.00pm (2 hrs) (Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh)

    A unique, dynamic British Sign Language (BSL) performance, including a range of visual language in different storytelling styles. (A revision of the show performed on 17th March.) Tickets - 10

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    [EdSign34] Update on the BSL Bill

    Tuesday 29th May at 6.30pm (Deaf Action, Edinburgh)

    Mark Griffin MSP is coming to give an update on the BSL Bill next week. Space is limited, so you must book online at -- there are still a few tickets left. More information at

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    Deaf Children Development Conference

    Tuesday 11th September 2012, 9.30am–4.30pm. (City University, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB)

    Information sharing day to find out about research into Deafness Cognition and Language, share your ideas and see what DCAL is all about. We will have BSL interpreters available all day. Speakers include Sue Archbold, Gwen Carr, Ros Herman and many others. Who should attend? Teachers of the Deaf; Speech and Language therapists; Audiologists; Parents and Professionals involved with deaf children. Register here

  • its FREE – don’t forget to submit your burning questions about any area of a deaf child’s development for the panel! Any queries please email Lilli Risner
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    Library News

    A Braille Reader in the Family

    ClearVision has a new booklet for parents. Similar in appearance to Crack the Code, it contains brief information about braille and tips on how to help a child who is or who will be learning braille. The activities and games have been suggested by teachers and parents and most do not require a knowledge of braille, although parents are encouraged to learn the alphabet at least. The booklet includes positive quotes from braille readers of all ages. ClearVision has a limited number of print copies to give away but you are welcome to download the booklet from our website at

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