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Created on Monday, 02 April 2018. Posted by Craig Mill

A new partnership between Microsoft, Tobii Dynavox and Boardmaker introduces Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) to Microsoft’s Learning Tools.  Symbol and picture support is nothing new to the world of literacy support software as it has been available in Texthelp’s Read&Wri...

Created on Friday, 30 March 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government has announced a new Section 10 Grant Scheme providing funding for voluntary / third sector organisations supporting people with sensory impairments and / or people with communication difficulties. Under the Section 10 Grant scheme, the Scottish Government's Assisted Comm...

Created on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

Communication Matters are holding a Supplier Roadshow in the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank on Tuesday 22nd May, in association with the Scottish Centre of Technology for the Communication Impaired (SCTCI). Communication Matters is a UK-wide charity whose members include people who use a...

Created on Monday, 19 March 2018. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Today is the commencement of the law that entitles people in Scotland to communication equipment and the support required to use it. Often referred to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), if you need a communication aid, you should now be able to get one. What does this mean for users, ...

Created on Thursday, 08 March 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

We were contacted recently by Mark Statham from Bierley.com Ltd with regard to their ColorMouse handheld electronic magnifier. Following the conversation, Mark sent us one of the devices to try out. Here are my thoughts. As its name suggests, the ColorMouse resembles a standard computer mouse, heigh...

Created on Wednesday, 07 March 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

At a Crick 'Ask the Expert' webinar on 6/3/18, Dr Abi James drew attention to research undertaken at Runshaw College, a sixth form and FE College in England, on the use of technology in examinations. The research has found that the majority of students preferred to use a computer reader comp...

Created on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We have been asked to participate in an international research project looking at the accessibility of the PISA online assessments. We are looking for ten students in Scotland aged 15, who use Assistive Technology, to evaluate an online PISA science assessment, and tell us what they think. If you ar...

Created on Friday, 02 February 2018. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Your view is being sought by the Communication Access UK Project on which symbol you would like to see businesses and organisations throughout the UK use to show that communication access is supported there. The project consultation has reached a second stage and there's still an oppor...

Created on Thursday, 01 February 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

Back around 1990, my colleague, Sally Millar (now enjoying her retirement), was working with an adult with communication difficulties. (We’ll call her Mandy.) Everything seemed to be in place for Mandy to spend a weekend’s respite with a family – her communication book had been upd...