Blog entries about Royal Blind Learning Hub

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by Learning Hub - Monday, 18 June 2018, 12:43 PM
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Last month the Royal Blind Learning Hub ran another of its popular Canaan Barrie Signing Workshops. This event was free for teachers and other professionals involved in teaching children with complex needs and vision impairment.

The participants learnt the skills used in communicating with learners with complex needs and vision impairment using the Canaan Barrie on-body signing system.

You can see photos from the event below.

Feedback included:

"Thank you - inspiring, thought provoking, excellent course. You're a credit to your school. I've loved today."

"I will be able to keep and gain more trust with my class."

"Confidence increased in using signs."

"I have learned some really good strategies to use while working with children with visual impairment which I will share with colleagues."

Female workshop participant wearing a blindfold in coffee shop exercise

Female workshop participant hands exercise cards to her blindfolded colleague

Participants take part in an interactive session in the coffee shop

Work shop attendee guides her blindfolded collegue through the coffee shop

[ Modified: Monday, 18 June 2018, 12:53 PM ]
 
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By Lauren Lockhart, Languages Teacher, Royal Blind School.

Read part 8 of the blog.

Using an iPad with a VI learner

I was astounded today at the extraordinary rate at which one of my students navigated my ipad. That was the amazing thing – it wasn’t even his, with all his accessibility settings already established. The one thing he asked me to do was to switch on the VoiceOver (Settings > General > Accessibility) and he was ‘away’, as they say in Scotland. He then configured the ipad to his own personal specifications – he preferred not to double click for example - and away he went, swiping the screen (that he couldn’t see) upwards, downwards, left and right. I had asked him to search for a newspaper article in The Scotsman. This requires a few processes to get there – locating the search engine, finding the search tab, typing… I think it would take us all a good while to work out how to type on an ipad with no vision. Well, it seems you hold your finger down until you hear a letter, then move around the keyboard until you get to the letter you want. You then double-click. Don’t ask me how he navigated his way through Google search lists and website headings! It took a great deal of patience on my part not to help him.

It just goes to show that children have the incredible ability to learn new things and they need to be given the freedom and opportunity to do so, particularly for a child with vision impairment. Using your vision will only stall their understanding and their independence. Despite my initial apprehensions about using what is essentially a visual tool with a VI learner, I think the ipad could turn out to be quite useful.

[ Modified: Friday, 15 June 2018, 3:52 PM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 9:49 AM
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This week's sign is "Dry."

Circular movement with palm of hand on object or part of body which is dry. For toileting, make circular movement on one hip.

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: Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 9:51 AM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Thursday, 7 June 2018, 3:12 PM
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We are currently experiencing technical problems with our Contact Us form. Until this issue is resolved if you have any questions, or wish to contact us, please use the following contact details

Email: learninghub@royalblind.org

Telephone: 0131 446 3128

[ Modified: Thursday, 7 June 2018, 3:15 PM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Thursday, 31 May 2018, 4:50 PM
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We are pleased to announce our seminar programme for 2018/19.

Unless otherwise stated, all seminars and workshops will take place at the Royal Blind School, Edinburgh.

2018

Thursday 6 September - Vision Impairment Maths and Science – adaptation of exam questions

Thursday 13 September - Making maps work – geography for the vision impaired pupil

Wednesday 26 September - Mindfulness

Thursday 27 September - Vision Impairment Awareness Raising Training – Perth

Thursday 4 October - Vision Impairment Awareness Raising Training – Glasgow

Tuesday 9 October - Vision Impairment Awareness Raising Training – Edinburgh

Thursday 11 October - VI and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Communication and Learning

Thursday 8 November - Music in mainstream for vision impaired and blind pupils (1/2 day)

Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 November - An Introduction to Pre Braille Skills and a consideration of approaches to teaching braille and braille technology

2019

Tuesday 5 February - Communication in Practice with learners at an early stage of development with vision impairment and complex needs

Thursday 21 February - Tactile graphics and tactile book making

Thursday 28 February - Using Drama Techniques and Sensory Stories to explore real situations and provide opportunities for inter disciplinary learning

Wednesday 6 March - Art for Children with Vision Impairment and Complex Needs

Thursday 14 March - Independent living skills – OT, Home economics, Habilitation

Thursday 21 March - Music – vision impairment and complex needs

Tuesday 21 May - Canaan Barrie signing workshop

Thursday 13 June – Introduction to Habilitation and Mobility Skills

Once booking is open for these seminars they will appear on our seminars page.

If you would like to express an interest in attending any of our future seminars please email learninghub@royalblind.org

Or call us on 0131 446 3128

[ Modified: Thursday, 31 May 2018, 5:01 PM ]
 
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by Learning Hub - Monday, 28 May 2018, 2:25 PM
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We will be carrying out some essential maintenance on the Royal Blind Learning Hub website tomorrow, Tues 29 May.

The work is scheduled for 9am - 5pm.

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, 28 May 2018, 12:04 PM
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This week's sign is "Banana."

Stroke hand down opposite fist three times, moving round hand.

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, 21 May 2018, 2:17 PM
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This week's sign is "Hot."

Wipe hand 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.

 
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by Learning Hub - Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 11:23 AM
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This week's sign is "Apple."

Tap cheek twice with fist.

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, 9 April 2018, 9:42 AM
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This week's sign is "Hard."

Tap one fist on kneecap 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 April 2018, 9:42 AM ]