On 9 February 2016 the Royal Blind Learning Hub will host its next seminar on the transition from school to adulthood for young adults with visual impairment, including those with other disabilities.
The seminar is free and will be of particular interest to parents and carers of visually impaired and blind pupils, as well as relevant education professionals. It will take place at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.
The day will begin with Scott Richardson-Read from Action for Real Change talking about the seven principles of transition. There will be several workshops covering the law on guardianship, transitional services available and GIRFEC - Getting It Right for Every Child.
Transitional services on offer include:
In the afternoon we are delighted to welcome Margaret Orr, Chair of the National Commissions Group for education provision for children and young people with complex additional support needs.
There will also be a Transition Fair with information available from a wide range of organisations including:
This week the Royal Blind Learning Hub ran our first seminar, which was on creating tactile graphics. Interactive learning resources play an important role in teaching children and students who are blind or have problems with vision.
We were delighted to welcome education professionals who teach visually impaired children who wanted to know more about how to create tactile education resources for them. We had early years practitioners as well as subject teachers including maths, music and geography.
Teachers from the Royal Blind School presented to share their expertise and there was a workshop to practise skills learned.
Sharing knowledge on areas such as teaching aids, lesson plans and classroom activities when working with visually impaired or blind students is extremely valuable.
"All very useful, especially simplifying diagrams."
"Always good to have the opportunity to have dialogue with others."
"Content clear, well delivered with an opportunity to ask questions."
"Being blind-folded and asked to walk around the room is a real eye opener!"
Today Scotland's largest visual impairment organisation launched a new service to support teachers in mainstream schools who work with visually impaired children. This covers teaching strategies as well as looking at appropriate learning resources.
Royal Blind, the charity that runs the Royal Blind School, launched the Learning Hub at an exhibition stand at the Scottish Learning Festival. The Scottish Learning Festival attracts teachers and other education professionals from across Scotland.
Sally Patterson, Royal Blind's Learning Hub Manager said:
"We were delighted with the response we had at the Scottish Learning Festival. Our stand was busy all day with teachers coming up to us and asking for support with teaching visually impaired children.
"Our new service, the Royal Blind Learning Hub, is here to provide help and advice to any teacher or education professional who has a visually impaired child in their classroom. Today we launched our website www.royalblind.org/learninghub with free resources teachers can access. In 2016 we will be holding some free seminars to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge that they require to teach and support children with visual impairment."