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Created on Friday, 04 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The University of Edinburgh celebrated 40 years of commercialisation with an exhibition and reception in the Playfair library on November 16th 2009. The Smart Wheelchair was Mr (or should that be Miss?) 1987 - the year when we started work on the first protoype. The event was attended by His Roya...

Created on Friday, 04 December 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The University of Edinburgh celebrated 40 years of commercialisation with an exhibition and reception in the Playfair library on November 16th 2009. The Smart Wheelchair was Mr (or should that be Miss?) 1987 - the year when we started work on the first protoype. The event was attended by HRH Princ...

Created on Thursday, 03 December 2009. Posted by Robert Stewart

Get rid of all that Velcro! This is a unique holder designed specifically for the Jelly Bean and Buddy Button range of switches. The bottom of the holder keeps the switch in place on the desk or wheelchair tray by stopping it sliding around. There is a hole in its side so you can thread through t...

Created on Thursday, 26 November 2009. Posted by Robert Stewart

The 2009 Royal Mail Book Award winners were announced yesterday, 24th November, and they are:Early Years 0-7 Manfred The Baddie by John Fardell.  Younger Readers 8-11 First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don.  Older Readers 12-16 Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray. &...

Created on Wednesday, 25 November 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Last week 26 teachers and educationalists from all over Scotland gathered at Stirling Management Centre for the second part of CALL's four day course on making learning materials in accessible formats - "Books for All". The course was funded by LTS and led by Paul Nisbet and Stuart Aitken of CALL ...

Created on Tuesday, 24 November 2009. Posted by Allan Wilson

Many pupils with writing difficulties can benefit from the use of Voice Notes in Microsoft Word to record their answers to questions in a worksheet. Rather than type an answer, a pupil can speak it into a microphone and have the recording saved with the document for the teacher to review later. ...

Created on Monday, 23 November 2009. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Staff, parents and pupils often ask us for advice on whether a spellchecker can be used with an SQA Adapted Digital Paper, so this is what we think is the situation. If you are in any doubt, contact the SQA Assessment Arrangements team. Question. Can I use a spellchecker in the examination? Answ...

Created on Monday, 02 November 2009. Posted by Sally Millar

Act NOW and book a place at one of the forthcoming Scottish Communication Matters Road Shows. It is completely free, and you get a free lunch as well! Choice of three venues (all 9.15am - 3.30pm, or 'drop in'): Tuesday 1st December - Edinburgh (Murrayfield Stadium, with CALL) Wednesday 2nd...

Created on Wednesday, 28 October 2009. Posted by Allan Wilson

There are some incredible resources available free on the internet these days. (We like to think we have some pretty incredible resources available on our web sites, too, e.g. WordTalk and The Scottish Voice.) Here are a couple of American sites that I have come across recently and which are defi...