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by Learning Hub - Monday, 21 August 2017, 3:35 PM
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We will be carrying out some essential maintenance on the Learning Hub website tomorrow, Tues 22nd August.

This should take around 4 hours starting from 11:30am.

Access to our website will be unavailable during the maintenance window.

You will still be able to sign up for our seminars by telephone or email.

 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 21 August 2017, 10:34 AM
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This week's sign is "Daddy."

Tap on either side of chin with fingertips, twice.

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 - Monday, 14 August 2017, 9:39 AM
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This week's sign is "Mummy."

Tap fingers on palm of opposite hand, twice.

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 - Monday, 7 August 2017, 10:26 AM
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This week's sign is "Dance."

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, 7 August 2017, 10:27 AM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 31 July 2017, 9:33 AM
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This week's sign is "Song / Singing."

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, 31 July 2017, 9:54 AM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 24 July 2017, 12:51 PM
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This week's sign is "Music."

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, 24 July 2017, 2:21 PM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 17 July 2017, 12:33 PM
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This week's sign is "Home."

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, 17 July 2017, 12:47 PM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 9:21 AM
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This week's sign is "Bed."

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 Lauren Lockhart, Languages Teacher, Royal Blind School.

Read part 5 of the blog.

A German Exchange

In June last year, we took four blind and visually impaired students to Marburg, Germany. Having only had experience of taking bus-loads of mainstream pupils abroad, with constant head-counts and pavement management, this was to be a totally different experience. Four pupils were certainly much easier to control but there were so many aspects of the trip that I had just taken for granted. For example, showering, making breakfast, making dinner, medication, I could go on. This was not a school trip as I knew it. And so much the better.

Our pupils were fantastic. They were polite, friendly, interested in their environment, open to new experiences and genuinely grateful for the opportunity they had been given. They easily made friends with the pupils there, many of whom were independent, confident individuals who had learned to manage their visual impairment either themselves or relying on peers to help them. They were interested in the school, which was very different from theirs, and the daily life of the pupils. They attended lessons in the morning in German so, not only were they in an unfamiliar environment with no visual reassurance but they were also listening to a language they didn't understand. Sounds hard doesn't it?! But they got so much out of it. Here are some of their comments:

"This has been great - it's been the best experience I've ever had. I've made 6 new friends, it's taught me a lot about Germany history, about East and West Germany. We've got lots of things in common and the language isn't a barrier. I felt more engaged with the culture by speaking the language. When I ordered something, they actually brought it! The classes are a challenge in German but I could understand the content. I've tried new things and I liked them."

I don't think I could have said it better. This was never meant to be a language trip, but a cultural exchange, and I think it did exactly that. We have now forged links with the Carl-Strehl-Schule and blind schools all over the world can benefit immensely from this kind of networking.

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by Learning Hub - Monday, 26 June 2017, 10:41 AM
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This week's sign is "Toilet."

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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