Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) Graduate Certificate and Diploma courses

Graduate Certificate: Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) (One Year)

Graduate Diploma: Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) (Two Years)

The Scottish Sensory Centre has been involved in negotiations with the Institute of Education, London University regarding the possibility of offering this course in Scotland. The University of London will accredit this course but delivery mode will be adapted to suit the local context. If there is sufficient interest it is proposed that this course will be offered from September 2010.

Current costs of the courses are available on the Institute of Education website but it is anticipated that the costs of the courses offered from The Scottish Sensory Centre will be around £2000 for the one-year certificate course and £4000 for the two-year diploma course.

To help us to gauge the interest and likely uptake of this course could you please email your contact details to Janis Sugden at The Scottish Sensory Centre by the 4th December 2009. Please include your name, address contact telephone number and source of funding; although at this stage there would be no commitment (Janis.Sugden@ed.ac.uk).

Graduate Certificate: Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) (One Year)

The Habilitation Assistant (HAs) programme is aimed at those who want to support the mobility of children and young people who are blind or visually impaired. It focuses on school/educational settings. The work the HA does is supervised by a qualified Habilitation Specialist (Mobility Officer for children and young people).

The course is suitable for those who want to work in supporting children with visual needs in an educational setting (such as teaching assistants), in Services, Special or Mainstream Schools.

Graduate Diploma: Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) (Two Years)

The Habilitation Specialist (HS) route is aimed at those who will supervise and direct the specific habilitation programmes of children and young people (CYP) directly or through the work of an HA or other support worker. They will do this by assessing, devising, implementing, directing, monitoring and advising on habilitation programmes for CYP who are blind or visually impaired. This covers work in the home, in educational settings and out in public spaces (such as route learning and public transport access and use). Habilitation specialists will work in collaboration with qualified teachers of the visually impaired and other professionals.

The programme is suitable for staff working in Services, Special or Mainstream schools, who want to support children’s development of their existing mobility, orientation and self care skills.

Content and Audience: those who support the mobility or children who are visually impaired and those who will supervise and direct specific habilitation programmes

Graduate Certificate - Habilitation Assistants: In 2010-11 participants will be able to complete the Graduate Certificate which is a course specifically designed for people who want to support work in the field of mobility and independence (habilitation) with children who are blind or visually impaired.  This course consists of 2 modules.

Graduate Diploma - Habilitation Specialists: In 2011-12 a further 2 modules will be offered.  Participants who have successfully completed Modules 1 and 2 can continue with Modules 3 and 4.

Provisional Dates 2010-11:
Module 1: 20-24 September 2010 and 1-3 December 2010
Module 2: 7-11 February 2011 and 4-6 May 2011