Blog entries about Royal Blind Learning Hub

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by Learning Hub - Monday, 9 October 2017, 10:53 AM
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This week's sign is "Nurse"

Draw fist across forehead once.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

[ Modified: Monday, 9 October 2017, 10:56 AM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 2 October 2017, 10:44 AM
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This week's sign is "You"

Place palm of hand on child's chest.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

[ Modified: Monday, 2 October 2017, 10:45 AM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 25 September 2017, 10:09 AM
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This week's sign is "P.E. (Physical Education)"

Tap shoulders twice, fast.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

[ Modified: Monday, 25 September 2017, 10:11 AM ]
 
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by Gareth Peevers - Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 3:12 PM
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Exhibition stand with a large screen TV and banners with photos of pupils from the schoolThe Royal Blind Learning Hub team is attending the Scottish Learning Festival (opens in new window) on 20th & 21st September at the SEC in Glasgow.

Drop by our stand in the Exhibitor Zone and say hello.

[ Modified: Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 11:35 AM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 18 September 2017, 10:16 AM
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This week's sign is "Play."

Flap hands in air near child's face (create air currents) or child flaps hands near own face.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

[ Modified: Monday, 18 September 2017, 10:18 AM ]
 
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By Lauren Lockhart, Languages Teacher, Royal Blind School.

Read part 6 of the blog.

I was on holiday in the States and decided to 'pop into' the Perkins School in Boston, Massachusetts. I had organised to see a French teacher there and a lady that one of my colleagues had put me in contact with. I was very interested to see what they do there, as they are one of the leading blind schools in the world and the home of the Perkins Brailler (see previous post on Braille).

My husband drove me through the grounds and dropped me off at the reception, we were greeted by a thick Bostonian accent that neither of us could understand. The grounds were extensive, a tranquil environment with pupils enjoying the outdoors, mainly walking unaided with canes. We arrived at the main building, which I learned later was purposefully designed in 1912 for the education of the blind. The reception opened out into what could only be described as a museum. A museum celebrating the achievements of famous blind and deafblind people and the contributions they have made to educating those with visual impairments. Behind glass cabinets were portraits of former pupils, one of which was the famous Helen Keller, the original Braillers and embossed manuscripts. There was a tour guide, in a school! Did you know that Louis Braille invented his code from a 12 dot communication system used by the French army? He simplified it to 6 dots which could easily be read with the pads of your fingers.

Did you also know that, before Braille, blind people would just read embossed print? The idea was that they would read the same thing as everyone else. This proved an arduous and time-consuming task as embossed letters were not easy to differentiate. I learned things about Braille and the history of blind education from being there.I know that my family have been keen to learn Braille and when I took my Perkins Brailler home for the holidays, they couldn't wait to have a go!

So, I had an informative discussion with my contacts over there and I realised that we were working with the same children. Our strategies were mainly the same and we were dealing with similar issues regarding the mainstreaming of blind and children with visual impairment. The Perkins School has had to adapt its buildings and resources to the changing needs of their pupils, much like ours. Again, this networking and hopefully partnership will be invaluable to our blind school.

[ Modified: Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11:45 AM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:27 AM
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CVI Scotland have produced three new films that are freely available to everyone.

The first is a fifty minute explanation of vision and cerebral visual impairments from world CVI expert Professor Gordon Dutton. The second is from CVI Scotland trustee and popular blogger Nicola McDowell, who has CVI. The third is from CVI Scotland trustee and mother to a child with CVI, Helen St Clair Tracy.

Watch the Gordon Dutton talk: The Perspective and Advice of the Expert.

 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 11 September 2017, 9:59 AM
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This week's sign is "Me."

Rub back of fingers along arm, then gesture away from body.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

 
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by Learning Hub - Thursday, 31 August 2017, 10:03 AM
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We've redesigned the resources section of our website to make content easier to find. We have new sections on creating resources, literacy & braille, mobility & orientation, social & independent living skills and teaching subjects. You can also use the search box to find what you're looking for.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

[ Modified: Thursday, 31 August 2017, 10:08 AM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 28 August 2017, 10:18 AM
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This week's sign is "Go."

Rub back of fingers along arm, then gesture away from body.

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A different sign will be posted on our blog each week. Come back next week to see a new sign.

[ Modified: Monday, 28 August 2017, 10:18 AM ]
 
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