Staff development news: Supporting Deaf Students

Do you support students who are D/deaf or have a hearing loss? Or perhaps you wish to build your skills to be better prepared to respond to the needs of future students? Some forthcoming staff development opportunites look at different aspects of creating an inclusive learning environment:

  • Modifying Written English Texts – Online, May to December 2011
  • Donaldson’s School Information Day – Linlithgow, 7th May 2011
  • Technology to Assist Students – Stirling, 16th May 2011
  • Voiceover techniques for CSWs – Glasgow, 20th May 2011

Read on for more information about each of these events…

Signature Accredited Course: Level 3 Award in Modifying Written English Texts for Deaf People

The Scottish Sensory Centre is delivering this accredited online course. The course aims to enable teachers or support workers to modify and/or present written English texts in a form which is accessible to deaf learners. The course runs from May-December 2011 and the fee is £200 (plus an exam fee of approx. £65-£70). For more details and an application form, email Ruth.Simpson@ed.ac.uk or call 0131 651 6501 as soon as possible.

Donaldson’s Information Day

Donaldson’s is Scotland’s national school for pupils who are deaf or have communication difficulties. Donaldson’s regular Information Days enable parents, carers and education professionals to view the facilities and ask any questions about provision.  There is also the opportunity to attend a number of brief workshops. Workshop topics include Educational Audiology, Learning and Teaching, and Speech and Language Therapy.

The next information day is on Saturday May 7th, 2011 from 10am until 1pm. There is no charge to attend but you need to register your place in advance. Click here for registration details and more information about Donaldson’s.

Technology to Assist Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students

There are a small number of spaces still available on the BRITE seminar: Technology to Assist Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students on 16 May 2011 at Forth Valley College, Stirling Campus.  This seminar is a great chance to gain an introduction to, or update your knowledge of Hearing Technologies.

It will feature presentations from 3 suppliers of Hearing Technology: Phonak; Connevans; and iHear. In addition there will be a presentation from Bee Communications who specialise in live remote captioning. Click here for full details and information on how to register. BRITE Seminars are free to attend if you work in a Scottish FE College. Others are welcome to attend for a small fee.

NATED Scotland: focus on BSL to English interpreting skills

Do you have good BSL skills and work in educational settings? Would you like to have an introduction to voiceover training? Deaf students consistently say that they want their signing voiced over accurately so that they feel a member of their class. CSWs often find voiceover difficult. This free NATED Scotland event looks at building your BSL-to-English interpreting skills.

This event will be held on Friday 20th May at City of Glasgow College at 1:30pm where Jill Newlands will be leading a voice-over workshop. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required.

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