University of Edinburgh

Improving Access and Meeting the Communication Needs
of Deaf and VI Children with Complex Needs

Presented in February, 2004


  • 10.30 am Improving Access: from Policy to Practice
  • The session will begin with a brief look at the legislative context for improving accessibility and will describe both the duty to make reasonable adjustments and the three main planning duties. We will then give examples to illustrate what is being done and can be done to put these policies into practice. Examples of the challenges presented by the new and emerging policy framework will also be considered; Stuart Aitken

  • 11.30 am A Child Centred Curriculum for MDVI Children; Mary Lee
  • 1.15 pm Access and Inclusion in a Deaf Environment
    Making communication profiles. Clicker vocabulary programme. Skill Start Programme.
    Janet Allan

  • 2 pm The Role of the Visiting Teacher in Communication Strategies for Children with MDVI The use of assessment of functional vision in communication issues; Alison Duthie
  • 2.45 pm Workshops
    A. ICT to Aid Communication; Stuart Aitken
    B. The Vocabulary Project; Janet Allan

  • C. On Body Signing Mary Lee

3.45 pm Evaluation and Finish

Janet Allan, Principal, Donaldson’s College, Edinburgh
Alison Duthie, Assistant to Head of Fife Service for SI Children, Cardenden
Stuart Aitken. Principal Officer (Research & Practice) Sense Scotland, Glasgow &
Senior Research Fellow, CALL Centre, University of Edinburgh
Mary Lee, Principal Teacher, Royal Blind School, Edinburgh/p>