Courses to help you create inclusive environments for D/deaf students

We’ve received information about a range of courses which will build the skills of college staff to create an inclusive learning enviroment for students who are D/deaf, or who have a hearing loss.

Two forthcoming courses at Deaf Action in Edinburgh will address Deaf Awareness and How to Work with Interpreters. Full details can be found on the Deaf Action website.  Note that Deaf Action can also offer courses which are tailored to an organisation’s specific needs.

The Scottish Sensory Centre runs a range of courses. Some look at support for learners who are D/deaf, while others focus on support for learners who are blind or who have low vision. While the courses often address the needs of school age learners, some courses look at transition issues and forms of support that would also be relevant to post-16 education.

Improving the Listening Environment in Educational Settings in May 2010 may be of particular interest. BRITE team members previously attended a similar course (also featuring popular occasional BRITE guest presenter Richard Vaughan!) and found it to be a valuable introduction to the importance of ensuring good acoustics in a learning environment. Further details can be found by clicking on the link above.

Colleagues at Jewel and Esk College have also asked us to flag up their next Introduction to Sign Language course. It will take place at the Edinburgh Campus (24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2PP) on Wednesdays 3 Feb – 16 June. The fee is £90 (eligible for ILA funding). To book please call 0131 344 7100 or go to

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