From STV, 11/11/2012
A course has been set up to train lip-reading tutors who will help people with hearing loss.
The Scottish Government-funded course will initially train just 14 students over nine months.
They will be trained in how to organise, plan, teach and evaluate a lip-reading class for adults with an acquired hearing loss whose preferred mode of communication is spoken language.
Lip-reading classes provide skills and support for some of the 850,000 people in Scotland with some degree of hearing loss.
The Scottish course to train lip-reading tutors was set up as part of a £200,000 investment for a Scottish Government-led group to improve access to the skill.
Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said: "The ability to lip-read is a key step in enabling someone with hearing loss to be an active member of the community and lead a full and independent life.
"The course is not just about learning the skills of lip-reading. People diagnosed with a hearing loss can become very isolated and by attending lip-reading classes they can get valuable support, advice and companionship.
"It is clear to me that these services must continue to develop so I am delighted that there is already a high demand for a place on the next course.
"Through our forthcoming sensory impairment strategy we hope to improve services and the lives of people with a sensory impairment across the country."
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