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SSC Bulletin: December 2011

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

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SSC Course 8: Friday, 27 January 2012
Independence through Habilitation

Every child in Scotland is entitled to experience a broad general education. The Curriculum for Excellence explores experiences and outcomes that recognise the importance of the quality and nature of learning experiences in developing attributes and capabilities. The experiences and outcomes apply to the totality of experiences including experiences beyond the classroom. This course will consider the importance of independence relating to the young visually impaired child and how the provision of good quality training in mobility and independent living should be considered routinely.

  • Learn about the importance of providing visually impaired children with the necessary skills to develop good mobility, independence and self-care skills (habilitation).
  • Consider how vision develops and how this is related to habilitation skills.
  • Promote the requirement of effective habilitation to allow children to explore, experience and develop the attributes and capabilities of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Target Audience: This course is suitable for teachers, classroom assistants and parents who work with young visually impaired children. Those working with children in less formal settings, for example afterschool clubs may also find this course beneficial.

Presenters: Dominic Everett, Education and Family Services Manager, RNIB Scotland; Janis Sugden, Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh

Electronic Notetaking Course
Would you like to learn a new skill using your touch-typing skills? Schools and colleges in Scotland use electronic notetakers to support students who need real-time access to notes on a laptop for lessons, lectures, meetings etc. Notetakers can work with individuals in a variety of settings on a variety of subjects, making this job very interesting and enjoyable. Applicants should have excellent English skills.
Dates: April 2012 - March 2013

Course Outline: Tuition: total of 5 days (3, 1, 1); required 15-20 hours of work placements in schools, colleges, etc; one-to-one telephone/email tutorials during work placement; assessed portfolio of work, submitted by exam day; exam day with observed live lecture. A skills assessment test is prerequisite for a course place. Cost: £600 To register interest please contact the Scottish Sensory Centre by 17th December 2011.


SSC News

Secondment available: Deaf Education CPD Organiser

We invite applications from qualified teachers of the deaf with relevant classroom experience of deaf children for the seconded post of Deaf Education CPD organiser. This part-time, one day a week secondment during school term time will contribute to the work of the Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC).

The main role of the CPD organiser will be to organise Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training for teachers of deaf children in Scotland and other education practitioners and to strengthen links between the SSC and deaf education practitioners.

The successful applicant should be available to take up the post as soon as possible after 4th January 2012. The post is available until 31st March 2012 in the first instance.
For informal enquiries/discussion interested candidates may contact Janis Sugden.


Christmas Card Competition

We were overwhelmed by the response to this year’s competition and it was a very difficult choice but we are pleased to announce the winners.
Age 3-7: Sophie Cochran, Knowetop Primary School
Age 8-11: Peter Graham, Windsor Park School
Age 12-18: Zoey Donaghue, Donaldson’s School (overall winning design)


Christmas Closure
The SSC will be closed for the Christmas period from 24th December 2011 reopening again on the 5th January 2012 along with the rest of the University of Edinburgh.


VI Scotland

As of 5th December Vicki Logan (Scottish Borders) will be working with VI Scotland; David Feeney has taken on a new part-time role within the University of Edinburgh working with Edinburgh College of Art. Along with his other research commitments David finds he has less time at his disposal to carry out all his VI Scotland activities, so, among other things, Vicki will be facilitating the Family days in Fife, Glasgow and Ayrshire. We are delighted that such an experienced practitioner as Vicki is able to join us here and we look forward to working with her.


In Other News …

NDCS Podcasts
NDCS are creating a series of podcasts for parents on key topics such as communication, education and audiology. To kick off the series, they look at Disability Living Allowance for deaf children and young people. You can download the podcasts in English, Polish and Urdu:

  • ESRC Think Tank 3 - 26th Jan 2012 (*SIGN-UP REQUIRED*)
    The ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange Programme event "Involving children and young people in ASN decision-making" is to be held on Thursday 26 January 2012 at Moray House, University of Edinburgh. Please note that there is no attendance fee, and lunch will be provided. However, you are expected to sign up for this particular event even if you have already attended the previous two Think Tanks. To register, please visit online booking webpage: For more information, please contact Fannie Kong, CREID, University of Edinburgh -
    Telephone 0131 651 6459

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    Library News

    Scottish Accessible Information Forum Publication
    SAIF has a new publication, A Brief Guide to Making Your Information Accessible, which gives you tips and good practice guidelines on what you should be considering when producing information. The Brief Guide is available electronically and online with all the publications and factsheets set up as hyperlinks so you can go straight to them.

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  • For anyone who was confused (as I was) reading the recent issue of Insight (November/December 2011), the research report on literacy through Braille is available from the Education section of the Research reports,

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  • I have a paper copy of this report for anyone who would like to read it.

    Presenting the Past
    Recently we were sent copies of SCoD’s new BSL DVD in the Presenting the Past range. This one is about people’s experiences in the Second World War on topics such as air raids, evacuations, rationing etc. There are copies available for loan from the SSC and your own copies can be ordered from SCoD directly:

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