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Created on Thursday, 13 May 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

There's a very interesting article by Bradley Hodges on the AFB AccessWorld site. Bradley describes his first 24 hours with an iPad and the article is full of really interesting insights. From the Books for All perspective, I think this comment is very illuminating: "There have been two transfor...

Created on Wednesday, 12 May 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We’ve been looking at methods of computer access for a young boy (age 7) with athetoid cerebral palsy, and he’s evaluated quite a few options. The most promising method was an old Interface Designs switched joystick connected via a USB Mouse Mover interface, which he controls with his ri...

Created on Tuesday, 11 May 2010. Posted by Sally Millar

Not wanting to invoke any disasters! But during any emergency, communication is vitally important. The Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, Philadelphia, moved by the recent Haiti earthquake disaster, offers for free download a double sided sheet called Emergency Communication 4 ALL...

Created on Tuesday, 11 May 2010. Posted by Sally Millar

As expected, yet more apps are appearing for the iPhone. The latest one is called iComm, and it seems to have hit the media headlines, which is a good advert for AAC. iComm is designed by a parent as are some of the others discussed in earlier blogs and in the CALL review paper.  It seems...

Created on Wednesday, 05 May 2010. Posted by Sally Millar

Interestingly, the little communication program Tap to Talk that was brought out originally for Nintendo DS and DS Lite, is now available also as an App for the iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad. This may get round some of the sound volume issues, and also as multiple Tap to Talk albums (ie vocabula...

Created on Tuesday, 04 May 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Bookshare has a new online learning module for people who want to learn more about accessible digital books and resources. It has a US focus, but has good examples, with video and audio clips, of why some pupils need books in accessible digital formats and why it makes a difference to their edu...

Created on Tuesday, 20 April 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

We have featured a number of apps for the iPod Touch and the forthcoming iPad over the past few months, including apps for communication (see blogs on 18th January and 6th April) and for more general educational purposes (see blogs on 18th January and 24th February). These devices also have pote...

Created on Wednesday, 14 April 2010. Posted by Stuart Aitken

In the wake of growing evidence in favour of a 'return to phonics' for example from Tommy Mackay's Scottish Executive funded West Dunbartonshire Literacy project, a burgeoning market has emerged that offers a number of products, not just for early readers but also targeted at pupils who have diffi...

Created on Tuesday, 06 April 2010. Posted by Sally Millar

This blog has mentioned before the growing range of communication Apps for iPhone and iPod Touch. You can download an updated CALL Information Sheet reviewing different communication Apps, (and even a Nintendo DS app). Times are changing - many of these Apps are (much) cheaper than a roll of Ve...