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SSC Bulletin 13: December 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 News

    Opening Hours over Christmas and New Year

    We will be finishing up at the end of Thursday, 20 December.

    The Centre will re-open at 9am on Thursday 3 January 2013.

    Best wishes from all at SSC.


    Christmas Card winner

    We are delighted to announce the winners of the SSC Christmas Card Competition, 2012. Submitted by Aberdeen School for the Deaf Daniel Onyeakazi won 3-7 age group

    Submitted by St Roch's Secondary HI Unit Elizabeth Morrice, 8-11 age group - winner of this age group and our overall winner.

    Zenab Ajaib, 12-18 - winner of this age group


    SSC Courses

    Forthcoming courses for 2013:

    Functional Assessment of Vision
    Thursday, 17 January 2013

    Secondary Focus Day - Transition process for young deaf school leavers
    Wednesday,13 February 2013

    Early Years Braille: Pre-Braille Skills & Introduction to Braille
    Thursday-Friday, 21-22 February 2013

    Audiology/Cochlear Implants workshop
    Wednesday, 13 March 2013

    Focus on Transition for Visually Impaired young people
    Date to be confirmed

    Education Communication Worker
    Tuesday, 14 May 2013

    SQA Workshop
    Tuesday, 25 June 2013

    SSC Braille Competency courses
    Please note applications are now being accepted for the 2013-14 courses.


    "In Other News ..."

    Heads of Sensory Services Meeting

    The next meeting of the Heads of Sensory Services in Scotland will take place on Monday, 21 January 2013.


    How do deaf children learn sign language? NDCS Course

    NDCS are organising a free training course on Saturday 9 February in Glasgow Caledonian University. The course, 'How do deaf children learn sign language?', will be delivered by Kate Rowley (DCAL, University College London) and Helen Foulkes (NDCS).

    This event has been organised for NDCS Family Sign Language Tutors but we thought we would extend the invitation to interested professionals. Should you require more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

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    BBC work experience for deaf young people

    BBC Scotland are working with NDCS to offer 4 work experience placements to deaf young people age 14-18. The placements will take place in the BBC studios in Glasgow in February next year.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for deaf young people who would like to work in the media. BBC Scotland staff received Me2 training recently and delivered a session to our Youth Advisory Board in November, so they are keen to work with deaf young people again and put their new skills in to practice.

    To apply for these placements young people need to be: Aged 14-18 and live in Scotland. Passionate about media and want to see what the world of work is like. Available to do 5 days of work experience in Glasgow on 4-8 February or 15-19 February 2013.

    To apply for the placement we are asking young people to complete a short form and show their creative side by creating a 1 minute video clip about something they are passionate about.

    Please do pass this on to any young people you think would be interested and professional contacts. For more information contact: Ingrid Fitzsimmons, NDCS

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    Library News

    The Resource Library Manager will be on leave for the Christmas holidays after Friday 14th December.

    Analysis of Responses to the Children and Young People Bill Consultation is now published:

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  • This reports on the findings from the consultation which will inform the proposed reforms to the way services for children and young people are designed, delivered and reviewed. The Government's response to the Report of the Languages Working Group has also been published:

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  • In addition to stressing the importance of learning additional languages for pupils, "it also acknowledges the importance of … the role that sign language has for some learners."


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

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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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