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SSC Bulletin 12: November 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

    Can we offer courses in your local area?

    Outreach courses are always available from the SSC, please contact us with your requirements, you can select from previous or forthcoming courses from our programme or suggest an area which you or your staff need to know about and we'll see what we can do.

  • Contact: sscworkshops@ed.ac.uk
  • or Telephone: 0131 651 6501

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    Coming up ...

    Friday 14 December 2012

    CVI and Common Ocular Conditions

    Dr Andrew Blaikie will begin the day with a presentation on various eye conditions from a medical perspective, followed by the implications of visual impairment for a child's development and learning. In the afternoon several case studies of children with visual impairments in mainstream schools will be discussed. Participants will have opportunities to consider their support needs and how these are addressed. The day will finish with a question and answer session.

    Target Audience: This course is suitable for mainstream teachers, specialist teachers and classroom assistants and other professionals who support visually impaired children in a variety of educational settings.

    Presenters: Dr Andrew Blaikie, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline; Alison Attwood and colleagues from Sensory Support Service, Motherwell; Evelyn Michie and colleagues from Uddingston Grammar School; and Janis Sugden, SSC.

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    Thursday 17 January 2013

    Functional Assessment of Vision

    Functional vision assessment allows us to see how a child uses their vision in a variety of everyday settings. The main focus of this day will be to consider how clinical assessments, observations, etc, contribute to a functional vision report. In this one-day course we will highlight the differences between a clinical and functional vision assessment in children with a visual impairment with no additional difficulties. Participants will have opportunities to try some assessments wearing simulated specs. One previous course participant said: "Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and experience. Very worthwhile and enjoyable day."

    Target Audience: This course is suitable for mainstream teachers, specialist teachers and classroom assistants and other professionals who support visually impaired children in a variety of educational settings.

    Presenters: Lynn Stewart, Orthoptist, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie; Janis Sugden, QTVI and Co-ordinator, SSC

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    SSC News

    BSL Glossary on the Telly!

    An item on the SSC's work on the BSL Glossary can be seen on the BSL Broadcasting Trust Hub Series 2 Programme 10, the TV broadcasts are now past but it can still be viewed online:

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    Christmas Card Competition

    Many thanks to all of the schools and pupils who sent in entries for our Christmas Card competition. The standard was very high and the winners will be announced shortly.

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    VI Scotland News

    VI Scotland is currently undertaking research into the impact of visual impairment on an individual's capacity to engage with visual art. As part of this project we are facilitating a number of consultation sessions with adults with visual impairment. During January and February 2013 we will be hosting workshops in Glasgow, Dundee and Ayrshire. During these sessions we will be trialling a number of approaches to access provision and inviting participants to tell us about different aspects of the way they engage with art and about other aspects of their everyday experiences. If you would be interested in taking part, please email David Feeney of VI Scotland at

  • dfeeney2@staffmail.ed.ac.uk
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    "In Other News ..."

    Solar Bear Theatre Workshops for Deaf young people

    There will be a final opportunity this year for young deaf people to "tread the boards" with Solar Bear at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy on 15 December 2012. Sessions are free and Sign Language Interpreters will be present. Contact solarbearaccess@me.com or Text 07900 852595 for more information.

  • http://www.solarbear.org.uk/deaf-youth-theatre.html
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    NDCS Scotland Events Calendar

    The NDCS Scotland Events Calendar is now online:

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  • The calendar runs from October 2012-March 2013 and features events across Scotland for deaf children, young people and their families (including NDCS and non-NDCS events).

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    Access to Work

    We had an interesting visit from Yvonne Baird recently where she outlined the breadth of the service they offer including support workers, equipment and training, job coaching and support for people with mental health issues. She is very keen to speak to young people, and their teachers, preparing for the world of work. If you would like an overview of the Access to Work scheme, please contact Yvonne Baird, External Relations Team, Department for Work and Pensions, Access to Work, South Lodge, 2 St Ninians Road, Stirling FK8 2HF Tel 01786 432631

  • https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview
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    Library News

    Doran Review

    The Doran Review was published last week, there are also Scottish Government response documents to accompany it.

    The Right Help at the Right Time in the Right Place. Strategic Review of Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs. (The "Doran Review")

  • http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/11/7084
  • Meeting the needs of Scotland's children and young people with complex additional support needs: The Scottish Government's response to the Doran Review

  • http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/11/6244
  • Supporting Implementation of Additional Support for Learning in Scotland (A long term plan for implementing the recommendations.)

  • http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/11/4399
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    New Acquisitions

    The library has recently acquired a new general guide to visual impairment by Olga Miller and Karl Wall called How to understand and support children with visual needs. The book outlines the processes of vision, the range of visual needs and what these mean for children's learning and practical ways they can be addressed. Maggie Woodhouse, Barbara Ryan, Nathan Davies and Aideen McAvinchey have recently produced a report Clear vision: eye care for children and young people in special schools in Wales which looks at the current eye care services for children with other disabilities attending special schools in Wales. The publication is available online:

  • http://www.vision2020uk.org.uk/library.asp?libraryID=2981&section=
  • The latest Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (Fall 2012) deals firmly with children's issues: the first three articles relate to the early years including a study of the information given to parents at diagnosis, impact of parental language and linguistic diversity of young deaf children; other articles deal with transition between primary to secondary education, classroom interventions for improving behaviour, and a study of the first cohort of young people to grow up using cochlear implants and how this has impacted on their sense of identity.

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

  • sheila.mackenzie@ed.ac.uk.
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    SSC is a national centre funded by the Scottish Government (Learning Directorate, Support and Wellbeing) and the University of Edinburgh.

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