University of Edinburgh

 SSC Bulletin 21: December 2013

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 - Coming up ...

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014

Audiology Update

Venue: Auchterderran Centre, Fife

An audiology update will be provided at this event, but the main focus of the day will be to look at new equipment and its use in educational and social settings. The event is targeted for those involved with mainstream pupils who are deaf or hearing impaired in the upper primary and early secondary age range.

The main part of the day is aimed at professionals and parents but may be of interest to a pupil who uses technology to support a hearing loss: one free pupil place is available per full cost participant.

*NB: from 3.30 pm - 5 pm: the day will be opened up for the young people and other invited youngsters to meet up informally to try out some of the equipment including SMART Boards, X-box, Wii. Invitations will be circulated separately for this part of the day but all course participants are welcome to stay.

Time: 10am-5pm*

Fee: 110

Closing date: 13 January 2014

Presenters: Brian Shannan, DHT/Educational Audiologist, Sensory Support Service, Glenrothes and representatives from Health and equipment providers.

Also coming in the new term

Watch out for flyers coming out on a Curriculum for Excellence (Twilight) and Ask an Ophthalmologist 2!


 SSC News

Christmas Closure

The Centre will be closed from 5pm, Friday 21st December and open again from 9am Friday 3rd January 2014.

Christmas Card Competition

We would like to thank all those who submitted entries for our Christmas card competition. Congratulations to the winners of the three categories:

  • Gemma Donachie, Windsor Park School, Falkirk - 3-7 years;
  • Aimee Work, Windsor Park School, Falkirk - 8-11 years;
  • Keren Madula, St Roch's Secondary, Glasgow - 12-18 years and overall winner

New Staff

We are delighted to introduce our new secretary, Libby Gunn who joined us earlier in December. She will be helping us with course applications amongst other duties and she will be working Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 12.15pm.


 "In Other News ..."

CHARGE pack for practitioners

Sense has created a new pack of information aimed at practitioners working with children and young people with CHARGE syndrome. Each topic area has been written by an established authority on the subject. It was requested by families who continually find themselves having to explain CHARGE each time they meet a new professional. The pack is downloadable as individual factsheets from the Sense website at It is intended that parents and carers will download the relevant factsheet or factsheets and give them to practitioners as and when they come into contact with the family.


 Library News

The Library will be closed along with the centre from the end of Friday 21st December and open again on 3rd January 2014. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members!

New 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