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SSC Bulletin: November 2017

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.

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BSL App LogoBSL Education App - Access the BSL Glossary on your mobile!
On Tuesday, 5th September at Dynamic Earth our BSL Education app was launched by the group of deaf young people who helped the SSC with the development and design of the app. The event was attended by groups of deaf children from Falkirk, Dingwall and Glasgow. There was a science show using the signs, and an introduction to the new app, which is free to download from Google play and the App store.
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SSC is a national centre funded by the Scottish Government (Learning Directorate, Support and Wellbeing) based at the University of Edinburgh.


SSC Courses

Coming up ...

Keep checking the full list on the website for forthcoming 2018 courses:

SSC Unified English Braille Competency Courses

  • Uncontracted Braille Competency (Grade 1)
  • Applications are being accepted up to, and including, January 2018 for completion by end of March. Intake for 2018-19 begins on 1st April, 2018

  • Contracted Braille Competency (Grade 2)
  • Contracted Braille applications are being accepted for 1st April 2018. NB: no increase in course fees for 2018-19. The duration of this distance learning course is 18 months and the course runs continuously throughout this period - holidays are not factored into the timetable. Twenty places in total available with 18 remaining at time of issue. Further information, application form and fees can be found at:



Other News

Do you have any deaf pupils who are really good readers and are aged 13 to 14?

The online reading project is returning to Scotland! We have new testing sessions organised at Moray House School of Education between 27th November and 1st December.
We are trying to find out how successful deaf readers actually read and comprehend online, and how they do searches. The research involves 3-4 hours of testing at our centre (with breaks). We believe the results will be very useful for teachers in helping us to pass on strategies to readers who are not so confident.

  • Access the project website, on this page are two documents for parents to complete to confirm they are happy for their child to take part.

If you have any queries Email Rachel

cover of BSL PlanBritish Sign Language (BSL) National Plan 2017-2023

The Scottish Government has now published its BSL National Plan. This plan sets out Scotland's ambition to be the best place in the world for BSL users to live, work and visit. The document looks at ten long-term goals covering early years and education; training and work; health; culture and the arts; transport; justice and democracy.
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Conference: Psychological wellbeing and mental health of children and young people with visual impairment and their families: Needs, research and intervention (July 2018)

Lectures and workshops by leading academic researchers, clinicians and practitioners from UK, Europe and internationally, as well as parent and child representatives, to share the most up to date research and clinical practice and to bridge research and practice and support skill learning.
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London on Tuesday 3rd July - Wednesday 4th July 2018
Contact ICH Events: Tel +44 (0)207 905 2699; e-mail
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Web and Resources News


Remember the SSC library is open to anyone who has an interest in children with visual impairment or who are deaf, we can send materials to anywhere in the UK.

The Low vision toolkit: supporting pupils with low vision by Nathan Davies (RNIB Cymru) originally published in 2009 is now available to download as a PDF from RNIB Bookshare. (Bookshare login needed.)

Over the last few months we have added to our collection of books on Deaf Education:

  • Educating Deaf Learners: creating a global evidence base by Harry Knoors and Marc Marschark
  • Deaf Mental health care by Neil Glickman
  • Diversity in Deaf Education by Marc Marschark, Venetta Lampropoulou and Emmanouil Skordilis

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Tip: Remember to check the journal articles database when searching for information.

New library items are available to browse on the website:

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



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