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Discover the latest, innovative practices from across the world at VE2024, the Vibrotactile Conference being held in Manchester this autumn.

Working together Ewing Foundation, University of Manchester and Seashell Trust have invited International speakers, university researchers, leaders in acoustics and manufacturers to  demonstrate and discuss how vibrotactile technology is being used for balance, rehabilitation, speech understanding, music, meditation and much more.

The conference will take place on Thursday 24 October 2024, 9am - 4pm at Seashell,  Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, SK8 6RQ, United Kingdom

Details and registration are available through https://www.seashelltrust.org.uk/event/vt2024/

RNIB is pleased to announce that their CPD sessions for education professionals for the summer term 2024 are now open for booking:

Training for professionals supporting learners with VI | RNIB

Seashell Trust has been awarded a contract by the DfE to offer a PG Diploma Mandatory Qualification in MSI.  The course will start in September 2024 and will be delivered with a University providing academic rigour as well as offering an opportunity to make use of the state of the art specialist campus at Seashell.  

This offers teachers wishing to specialise in MSI a choice of training course and establishment again. This ensures children with MSI have access to the specialists they need and enhances availability of course providers for the sensory impairment sector.

The Seashell Trust MQ course will be delivered through distance learning and also offer ample opportunity to visit the Seashell site and benefit from the specialist facilities there.

Expressions of interest and applications are open now and you can find out more here: https://www.seashelltrust.org.uk/mqmsi-pgdip/.  You will find that at the bottom of the webpage there is a link to book onto one of the monthly "Q&A - find out more about the course" online sessions.  

I am happy to share that our Usher Kids UK 2024 summer camp will take place again in the Lake District this year, running from 4th - 10th August 2024, and we have recently opened up registration for volunteers. This is a unique opportunity for post-grad students and professionals working in a related field (e.g. sensory support - HI / VI / MSI, social work, youth work, genetics, audiology, optometry/ophthalmology, OT/PT etc.) especially those early in their careers, to gain insight into the daily experiences of young people living with Usher syndrome. Previous volunteers have reported how valuable, rewarding and unforgettable the USHthis camp experience has been!

I would be grateful if you could share the details (below) with relevant colleagues, students and professionals, either via the Heads of Service group and/or any other networks you are part of - your help is much appreciated. 

The details are below.  You could also share our social media post if easier: https://www.instagram.com/p/C1reI8VOM9k/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

What? USHthis UK summer camp, for 12-25yr olds living with Usher syndrome

When? 4-10th August 2024

Where? Ghyll Head outdoor activity centre, Lake Windermere, Lake District, UK

Who? Post-grad students and professionals from relevant fields: e.g. sensory support, social work, youth work, genetics, audiology, optometry/ophthalmology, OT/PT etc.

What will I do? Our USHthis volunteer team brings together professionals from different backgrounds with different levels of experience, providing them with training so that they can offer support and guidance to help our USHyouth get the most of the camp experience. We ask for volunteers who can commit for the full duration of the camp, and we cover all accommodation, food and activity costs, along with reasonable travel costs. 

How to apply? Complete our interest form and we will be in touch to discuss next steps: http://tinyurl.com/ushthisteam24

The charity, Auditory Verbal UK (AVUK) is a provider of training for speech and language therapists, audiologists and teachers of the deaf working in early intervention. As well as introductory courses, their 6-month online Foundation course ‘Working through audition’ is designed to focus primarily on equipping professionals with the core skills needed to develop auditory practice when working with preschool children and young babies and their families.

AVUK can provide training bursaries for TODs and SALTs working in the UK as well as tailored in-service training. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Noel Kenely @This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The BATOD Audiology Refreshers publication is now live on the BATOD website. The publication is free to access and open to any professional linked to deaf education to explore https://www.batod.org.uk/resources-category/audiology-refreshers/