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SSC Bulletin 10: September 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 ...

    Monday, 22nd October, 2012
    Secondary Focus Day in Deaf Education

    This is the first of two focus days running this session. This first day will centre on the reality of secondary experience of deaf pupils. Nationally the picture is rapidly changing on the level and type of support that is available to secondary age deaf pupils at this crucial time in their school career. Topics that will be explored include: How to ensure a positive transition from primary to secondary for the isolated deaf learner; What should inclusive practice look like and the elements that need to be in place to give a meaningful and relevant experience for the secondary deaf pupil; Styles of support; Subject specific support; Update on BSL Glossary.

    Target Audience: Heads of Services, teachers of deaf children, mainstream teachers, support staff, parents, etc.

    Presenters: Kathleen Mclean and Ashley McKenzie, Dundee; Kirsty Steele, Calderside Academy, Blantyre.


    Wednesday, 31st October, 2012
    Assessing Vision in Children with Additional Support Needs: Why and How?

    This course provides an excellent opportunity to listen to Dr Maggie Woodhouse who is in charge of the Special Assessment Clinic, Cardiff which caters for patients of all ages with physical and intellectual difficulties. In this course Maggie will explore techniques for assessing vision in patients with limited communication. Maggie has research interests in Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and in nystagmus and is especially interested in how visual and learning disabilities impact on education. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to take part in some practical activities.

    Target Audience: Teachers, parents, support workers, optometrists and anyone with an interest in the assessment of vision in children and young people with limited communication, for example, children with Down's syndrome or cerebral palsy.

    Presenter: Dr Maggie Woodhouse, Senior lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University.


    Friday, 9 November, 2012
    Early Years Focus in Deaf Education

    Presenters: Brian Shannan, Educational Audiologist, Fife Sensory Support Service; Kim Davidson Kelly, Speech & Language Therapist, RHSC, Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow; Rachel O’Neill, Lecturer in Deaf Education, SSC/University of Edinburgh; and Alan MacQueen, NDCS.


    SSC News

    Positive Play for Everyday - DVD Launch

    We are delighted to announce the arrival of our latest DVD. This shows parents of deaf children from across Scotland playing with their deaf children in everyday situations and reflecting on how they use play to encourage language development.

    In the afternoon of the 5th October we plan to launch the DVD formally with Jenny Marra MSP and members of the Early Years Play team. If you are interested in attending this event or know of colleagues or parents who would be interested, please contact (RSVP by 27 September 2012.)

    Copies of the DVD and the 'Scottish Standards for Deaf Children (0-3)' can be collected at the Launch or are available from the SSC for those who cannot attend, please contact us:


    BSL Glossary: On the Road

    Audrey Cameron, Gary Quinn and Rachel O'Neill have been invited to give presentations about the BSL Glossary: Sciences including a Science Show at the: Ways to inclusiveness. What opportunities are being offered to the Deaf? A Symposium being held at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Medical Biochemistry Institute, 26-28 November 2012.


    "In Other News ..."

    Job Club for Deaf Young People

    Action on Hearing Loss Scotland 'On the Move' Transitions Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, are running a monthly Job Club for young deaf and hard of hearing people aged 16-25 living in Glasgow and West of Scotland. The Job Club will cover such topics as making up a CV, how to search for jobs, how to complete an application forms as well as interview skills. British Sign Language Interpreters and Electronic Notetakers will be at every session to make them fully accessible.

    The details of the next sessions are: Tuesday 16th October 2012, 10.00am-12.00pm at Action on Hearing Loss Office, Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RX

    Tuesday 13th November 2012 and Tuesday 4th December 2012, 10.00am-12.00pm at Skill Development Scotland, 9 Renfield Street, Glasgow

    If your clients are interested in coming along or would like more information please contact Julie-Anne Leggate, Employment Adviser Text 0141 341 5350, SMS 0791 864 0925 Email


    Bookstart Feedback

    Booktrust want to hear from families! Do you know families who have benefitted from the programmes that Booktrust operate to get children reading? Booktrust, Booktouch and Bookshine are initiatives to give free books to children, including braille books for children with visual impairment and book packs that are specifically tailored for deaf children. More information is at the Booktrust website (

    Booktrust would like to hear from families of children who are blind or deaf who have used the Booktouch and Bookshine resources so that they can feature case studies about how these services benefit children. The case studies will be used in a number of different ways, on the Booktrust website, in funding applications, in Booktrust publications and on fundraising material.

    If you would be willing to share a story about how Booktrust has supported your child or your familiy, please contact and if you are selected, Booktrust will contact you by phone for a 20-30 minute discussion.

    Giving this feedback will support the continued work of Booktrust in these areas so please get in touch if you can!


    Consultation on proposed British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Bill

    A message from SCoD:

    “This is to remind you there are about six weeks left before the deadline for your responses! We have uploaded sample answers for both organisations and individuals to our website. We have also made BSL video clips for individuals’ sample answers and they can be viewed on our website:

  • "We have also arranged two dates for those who want to sign their responses to camera:

    BDA Office – 10th October, 10am to 1pm

    SCoD Office – 10th October, 2pm to 4pm.

    This will give you opportunity to raise questions about the consultation paper or ask for clarification too."


    Library News

    Recent purchases from the RNIB includes Children who have visual impairment and autism: identifying and sharing practice: resource pack which is a CD-ROM resource based upon 13 case studies, strategies for supporting children with visual impairment and autism are explored, and What can you see? Supporting the social development of young people who are blind or partially sighted by Gail Bailey which explains why some children with visual impairment may need additional support to develop their own emotional well-being and to develop and maintain friendships.

    Geoffrey Ball, who is an entrepreneur, the inventor of the middle ear implant and is deaf himself, shares anecdotes about his early life and setting up his company in his book No more laughing at the deaf boy: a technological adventure between Silicon Valley and the Alps. A new children’s book which lightly touches on hearing loss and offers some helpful deaf awareness for little ones is the delightful Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Karen George.

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


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

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