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This website is for people who are interested in finding out more about Deafblind Studies Programme developments.

News: April 2018

The Board of Partners are announcing that we are not currently in a position to offer the Deafblind Studies qualifications for the foreseeable future. As we say goodbye and thank you to the current Course Director Gerard Swan who has worked with us and nurtured this programme since 2002 we reflect that we are proud to have seen over two hundred professional colleagues graduate with these cutting-edge qualifications. Importantly, these colleagues are out there making a difference in the lives of deafblind people.

As we are sure you will have experienced in your own professional settings, the current climate has adversely affected most of us, directly and/or indirectly. This is the case also for the consortium partners who own the Deafblind Studies Programme; and as a consequence this is also the case for the project itself.

In the coming months we will continue to look at how we build on our accomplishments and how we might continue to serve the professional community who strive to support deafblind people and their families. As we have news we will publish it here on the website. Those signed up on our contact list will hear directly of any future developments or plans to run the qualifications. Please add yourself to that list if you haven’t already. If you wish to make contact with us directly about the future of the qualification please email programme.enquiries@deafblindstudies.org.uk.

Along with Gerard and the consortium partners we thank everyone who has supported this project since its inception back in the mid 1990’s. The incredible energy, passion and commitment of the multitude of people involved was harnessed and is reflected in the programme and the quality of our graduates.

Virginia von Malachowski, Sense, Chair to the Deafblind Studies Board of Partners

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Deafblind Studies is a ‘not for profit’ venture developed by a consortium of charities: Deafblind Scotland, Sense and Sense Scotland (visit the home pages of each by clicking on the organisation’s logo at the top of this page). The course is the outcome of almost twenty years of partnership working, with the most experienced practitioners in the field of deafblindness pooling knowledge and resources to produce the best materials and teaching the field can offer.  This unique programme of study is aimed at professionals involved in designing and / or delivering services to deafblind people living in the community or in residential care.  The curriculum explores congenital and acquired deafblindness in detail, is thoroughly grounded in practice and is subject to continuous improvement and refinement.  The outcome: workers at the forefront of practice, equipped to meet statutory requirements and duties in relation to deafblindness.

With face-to-face and online versions of the programme, the consortium hope to offer a wider range of learning opportunities to the broad group of professionals who support deafblind people to lead the lives they would wish to lead. 


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Deafblind Studies is a project jointly managed by the representatives of a consortium of charities. The group of representatives is known as ‘The Board of Partners’. The consortium is not a company or legal entity in its own right. The charity registration numbers for the consortium partners are: Deafblind Scotland SC031167; Sense 289868; Sense Scotland SC022097

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