December 2016

ORBIS – supporting young people with VI across the world

The team at VSS have donated to the eye charity ORBIS again this year in lieu of sending Christmas cards. ORBIS carry out eye-screening and much needed medical help across the world.  Operations on children with cataracts can be life-changing, restoring vision and improving the quality of life for so many. Find out more at… Read more ORBIS – supporting young people with VI across the world


The theme of the latest Haggazine, the magazine for blind and partially sighted young people in Scotland, is “positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.” The latest edition has a lot of useful ideas, case studies & information about how children and young people with sight loss & their families can access support & counselling if… Read more Haggazine

Seeing Ear newsletter

Here is a copy of the Seeing Ear newsletter.  Seeing Ear is a free online library for visually impaired readers.  For more information about Seeing Ear, click here to visit our Literacy Useful Links/Resources page. Welcome to Seeing Ear’s latest newsletter! We email out a monthly newsletter of updates, news or general information we want to… Read more Seeing Ear newsletter

Mindfulness at VSS

The VSS team have had a great introductory session on Mindfulness from Alison Mathers, Educational Psychologist.  There is a lot of research on the benefits of being mindful – for us as individuals as well as others around us.  It was interesting to hear of the link between mindfulness and emotional resilience. For more information,… Read more Mindfulness at VSS

Magnifier App

Magnificent, by Moblica, is a fanstastic, free magnifier app for both ipads and iphones.  It magnifies up to 6 times, or for £2.29 you can upgrade and it magnifies by 16 times.  You can freeze the frame to capture something on the screen which stays when you move the camera away. “The main developer of… Read more Magnifier App

Aberdeen University Student Conference

On Wednesday 6th December, staff from the Vision Support Service delivered a number of workshops at the Aberdeen University Student Conference. Workshops included reading and technology in the classroom, PE, fine motor skills and social skills.  The students got an opportunity to try out a selection of vision impairment simulated glasses, which give an idea of… Read more Aberdeen University Student Conference

Colour Blind Awareness

Colour confusion, sometimes known as Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) or colour blindness is much more common than we think. It is estimated that 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have it to some degree. The Colour Blind Awareness organisation has been founded to raise awareness of colour blindness (colour vision deficiency) and… Read more Colour Blind Awareness