Dr Andrew Blaikie will start off the day with a presentation on various eye conditions from a medical perspective, followed by the implications of visual impairment for a child’s development and learning. In the afternoon several case studies of children with visual impairments will be discussed. Participants will have opportunities to consider their support needs and how these are addressed. The day will finish with a question and answer session.
Christmas is coming! SSC would like to invite entries for this year’s Christmas Card competition from all pupils in Scotland who are deaf or who have a visual impairment. Our favourite overall design will be used for the SSC Christmas card itself but prizes will be awarded to the winners of all the categories. All the winning designs for 2011 will be highlighted in the next newsletter. There are three categories: 3-7 years; 8-11 years; 12-18 years. Deadline for submissions will be Monday, 14th November 2011. All the entries submitted will be returned after the winning designs are chosen.
Please clearly mark on the back of each entry:
Name of pupil
Age of Pupil
Teacher’s name and address (for return of designs).
NB: one design per pupil.
Please forward your artwork to Ruth Simpson at SSC. A poster for your noticeboard can be printed off from our website: http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/
We will be attending the SERA Early Years Network Conference this month to advertise our new Scottish Standards for Deaf Children (0-3).
Anyone who would like a printed copy of the Scottish Standards for Deaf Children (0-3) Families and professionals working together to improve services should let us know by contacting the SSC (there may be a nominal charge for postage unless you are able to collect.) The final version of this document is also now available for download on our website: http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/
There are some events coming up at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh for those who are interested in British Sign Language:
Deaf in the Story: visual stories of an invisible people
A drop-in day of information, ideas and story sharing.
5th November 2011 12.00pm-4.30pm
Stories in the Air with Mark McQueen
BSL storytelling session (£3-£5)
10th November 2011
Proposed National Technology Group (Secondary Education)
Evelyn Michie at Uddingston Grammar is trying to establish a new group for those interested in Technology for Visually Impaired pupils to share, compare, collaborate, discuss and implement new technology strategies and refine existing ones. Contact Evelyn or Brian if you are interested in contributing to this group.
Tel: 01698 8050850 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Reading Sight Website
Reading Sight has been created to support librarians, teachers, voluntary workers and anyone interested in helping people with sight loss get access to reading and reading services.
Highlights of journals that have come into the library recently:
Deafness and Education International, September 2011 includes articles on support for families of deaf adolescents, comparing mathematical achievements of deaf and hearing children and high-achieving deaf students in England.
Insight, July/August 2011 looks at digital technology for visually impaired children and young people including use of audio manipulation software, accessibility of the latest smart phones, assessing children for communication aids, and e-books as a means of delivering accessible information plus articles on assessing functional skills in English and Maths, supporting children to achieve good oral hygiene and a young musician with nystagmus, photophobia and hearing problems discusses his inspirations and achievements.
Talking Sense, Summer 2011 has indepth articles on the part played by music and rhythm of the MSI curriculum at Victoria School MSI Unit and about a young school leaver who has a combination of disabilities describing the search for a suitable post-school placement.
Scottish Sensory Centre, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
SSC is a national centre funded by the Scottish Government (Learning Directorate, Support and Wellbeing) and the University of Edinburgh.
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