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Created on Friday, 27 January 2017. Posted by Claire Harrison

Many of you who work with learners who use switches as an access method will be familiar with Ian Bean, who over the years has produced many fabulous switch accessible activities. I’m sure I only have to mention ‘The Dancing Hippo’ and you’ll find yourself absent-mindedly hum...

Created on Monday, 23 January 2017. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Are you interested in influencing new research into learning disability? Are you a service user, parent or carer with experience of learning disability?  Participants are being sought for a research priority-setting workshop to be held in March, in London. The purpose, to identif...

Created on Thursday, 19 January 2017. Posted by Claire Harrison

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a new award from the Scottish Book Trust. The award celebrates the best of fantastic Scottish teen fiction. There is still time to register, so be sure to log onto the book trust website and cast your vote. You have until 17th February to vote for your favourite bo...

Created on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Posted by Gillian McNeill

It’s not every day we get the chance to get up close and personal with the authors of picture books that our children love to read, but this great opportunity fell to me last week at the Bookbug Picture Book Prize Reception. This event was hosted in Edinburgh by the Scottish Book Trust (SBT) w...

Created on Friday, 13 January 2017. Posted by Shirley Lawson

Our webinars are the perfect way to learn something new and to use this knowledge practically to support your students with additional support needs. They are specifically designed to be short (20-30 minutes) and timetabled for 4pm to allow teachers to not be overloaded at the end of a busy school d...

Created on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Posted by Joanna Courtney

The winner of the first Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2017 is Shark in the Park on a Windy Day by Nick Sharratt. Well done to Nick! Around 19,000 children across Scotland voted in the competition and the three nominated books were gifted to every p1 child in Scotland in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag d...

Created on Thursday, 12 January 2017. Posted by Claire Harrison

I have just joined the CALL Scotland team to take up the post of Development Officer for Assistive Technology and Complex Additional Support Needs. I graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1997 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and have spent the last 15 years teaching lea...

Created on Wednesday, 11 January 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

ATbar is a new text-to-speech program for Windows. ATbar is free and works with the Scottish voices. A benefit of ATbar is that it does not need to be installed and can be run from a USB stick/drive, providing a portable text reader.  ATbar has a clean, minimal interface with a Windows 10 look ...

Created on Monday, 09 January 2017. Posted by Craig Mill

Microsoft Edge, the default browser for Windows 10, has recently started to incorporate browser extensions, similar to Google Chrome. A browser extension is a plug-in or add-in that provides additional functionality to a browser. Some extensions can help to modify or simplify the layout and col...