University of Edinburgh

Mobility and Independent Living Skills

Presented on Wednesday 13 September 2006

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 10; Number of Respondents: 10

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

I will always make sure I talk children through everything.
Apply the skills I have learned to working with four blind children who I currently support within their secondary placement.
Share information at place of work and apply what I’ve learned with visually impaired wheelchair users in the future.
Using this knowledge to work with young people at school, especially transition pupils to S1.
Transfer knowledge of ILS to pupils. Personal awareness of wheelchair mobility, although not relevant at moment to personal practice.
Will use when in special needs school and when there is a residential content.
Apply these skills into my practice.
Will try to work on some independent living skills with my VI students.
By putting in practice the techniques from the day.
To help VI pupils in secondary become more independent and learn safe methods to use in kitchen while preparing food.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Independent living skills within the kitchen area.
All was excellent.  Well presented and a well thought out programme.
The hands-on experience gained.
Lots of hands-on/practical activities.
Practical demonstrations followed by opportunity to try myself.
Very practical.  Well demonstrated activities.
Practical ‘hands on’ experience with equipment.
Being able to participate in the skills.
Learning about culinary skills and safe methods to use with VI children.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

Maybe a little more time to experience all the activities.
More time at activities but not enough hours in the day!
More time for Independent Living Skills activities.
Further independent skills involving dressing, bathing/showering, shopping.
Perhaps full day would have been better - time felt very limited - more discussion time would have been helpful.
Extra time!!  I’m sure this is not an easy issue, maybe a whole day for independent living skills would be the answer.
More time to experiment with, eg, use of cooker, weighing, preparation of food.

Any other comments regarding the course?

It was very worthwhile to practise these skills again, as the last time was when I completed my initial training.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thank you to all.
Good input from contributors.
It’s always useful to have updates on skills used to confirm or remind of existing practice.
Both presenters were approachable and helpful.
Very friendly and encouraging team who gave the teaching. Thank you.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 4; Yes 5; No 1

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue



Quality of venue



Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 1; Likely 7; Less Likely 2

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Social skills with both VI and sighted children and on how best to promote these skills within a mainstream environment.
Hearing impairment. Visual impairment. Hyper sensitivity (avoid touching).

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:

Very useful = 1; not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes