SSC Bulletin: Professional Learning Special (Oct 2019)
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 Professional Learning Needs Survey 2019
Thanks to all who took part in our recent survey which sought your views on SSC training and how we could fit your ongoing learning needs.
The responses were very useful and we hope you will see the implementation of some of your ideas and suggestions in our training in future. It has given us great food for thought.
As the questionnaire was anonymous, if you had any specific queries about the SSC or our courses we would be happy to hear from you at any time especially if you feel you have not yet received a response (earlier in the year the SSC lacked full admin support which may mean some queries were missed).
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Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 10 am - 4 pm Book Now
This event will be of interest to teachers of children with complex ASN, teachers of visual impairment, teachers of the deaf, educational psychologists, support staff, parents/carers.
Bag Books are multi-sensory books aimed at those who cannot benefit from mainstream books. They can be enjoyed without being understood as they are told interactively through voice and emotion rather than words and pictures. They are designed for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (a maximum developmental age of 18 months), people with severe learning disabilities (a maximum developmental age of 6 years) or people with severe autistic spectrum disorders. They are also hugely beneficial to those with visual and hearing impairments.
During this one-day course we will look at how Bag Books were developed and how they are used correctly and effectively. We will look at examples of stories and storytelling sessions. There will be plenty of time for discussion.
Presenter: Nina Martinez, Storytelling Manager and Trainer, Bag Books
Twilight & Networking: Support for Students with Sensory Impairment in College and University - Motherwell
Tuesday, 26th November 2019 4.30 pm - 6.30 pm Book now
This event will be of interest to teachers of the deaf, teachers of visual impairment, mainstream teachers, support staff, educational psychologists, habilitation & rehabilitation workers, parents/carers.
This twilight session will look at how the needs of young people who are deaf and those with visual impairment, can be met in further and higher education settings.
Stacey Brash, Policy Lead, Student Award Agency Scotland will provide an overview of Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and what it can be used for. There will also be discussion about what support is available for students attending college who do not have access to DSA funding.
A member of staff from the Educational Learning Support Team, New College Lanarkshire will highlight the support on offer to students with sensory impairment.
Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for networking.
Presenters: Stacey Brash, Policy Lead, Student Award Agency Scotland plus a member of staff from the Educational Learning Support Team, New College Lanarkshire
Friday, 29th November 2019, 10 am - 4 pm Book Now
This event will be of interest to teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, and anyone with an interest in BSL
Dr Adam Schembri is a reader in linguistics, focusing on sign languages. The aim of this event is to focus on the linguistics of sign languages and how deaf children acquire sign languages. For professionals working with deaf signing pupils, assessing progress can be difficult. The use of the BSL Receptive test to assess and plan progression will be discussed.
Dr Schembri also initiated and continues to work with the BSL Corpus project. This resource provides a record of the changing face of BSL. Part of this session will look at how valuable this resource is, but also how it can used for supporting teachers and pupils
Presenter: Dr Adam Schembri, Reader in Linguistics, University of Birmingham
SSC is a national centre funded by the Scottish Government (Learning Directorate, Support and Wellbeing) based at the University of Edinburgh.
All courses coming up ...
We have other courses planned. Keep checking the full list on the website for forthcoming courses: http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/courses/list.html.
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SSC Unified English Braille Competency Courses
Applications are being accepted for the 2019-20 course, until December 2019.
This course is once again full. There will be another course running from April 2020 and applications will be available shortly - check the website for updates.
While waiting to begin the course we would recommend using an Australian UEB website: uebonline.org which is free to use. This will provide plenty of practise and what is involved in learning braille. Please see SSC website for FAQs:
NB The Braille courses are workbook-based courses that require manual use of a Perkins Brailler so that participants can both understand and produce braille materials. 'Contracted braille' uses short forms of words to allow ease and speed of reading whereas 'Uncontracted braille' translates the text letter by letter.
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