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Created on Tuesday, 21 March 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

CALL has managed to arrange licensing of Cereproc's excellent Scottish computer voices, Heather, Stuart and Ceitidh for use in Scottish state schools and colleges, and for a number of other charities and public bodies. See the Scottish Voice web site for full details of who can have free access ...

Created on Wednesday, 15 February 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Text to speech has been available for some Kindle book readers for a number of years, but if you wanted to add this feature to the Kindle apps for a Windows or Mac computer, this involved an incredible amount of faffing about. All this has changed with the latest versions of the apps, available from...

Created on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

CALL Scotland has a small library space in our offices at the Moray House School of Education in Edinburgh. The CALL library includes books, journals, conference papers, DVDs, videos on: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Symbol sets Assistive Technology ICT for Education iPads and Mobile D...

Created on Monday, 05 December 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government has published A Fairer Scotland For Disabled People as a Delivery Plan to 2021 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The document outlines five main ambitions of the Scottish Government for changing the lives of disabled people in Scotl...

Created on Thursday, 24 November 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

We've been working on plans for our Additional Support for Learning (ASL) and Technology 2017 conference and things are now starting to take shape. Next year's event will be held over two days, at CALL Scotland, Edinburgh on Wednesday June 14th and at the Golden Jubilee Hotel, Clydebank on T...

Created on Monday, 14 November 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

As part of my role as Information Officer, I give occasional talks on the use of technology to support people with dyslexia, to branches of Dyslexia Scotland, parent groups and others. In the last week of October I spoke with parents from the Glasgow Gaelic School and met with the North East Scotlan...

Created on Friday, 11 November 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

We've been fairly busy over the past month updating some of our downloadable posters and creating new ones. It is great that people have been finding them not only attractive, but also very useful....

Created on Monday, 26 September 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

I had an interesting meeting with Dyslexia Scotland's Adult Network (Glasgow) recently to discuss software and apps to support memory and organisation. Most members of the group are using some form of technology to note appointments, provide reminders, make short notes and organisation, but the ...

Created on Monday, 15 August 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

The British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) web site has news of a decision to introduce zero rating for VAT for mobile phones and laptops pre-loaded with software designed solely for the use of a disabled person. The case was brought by Iansyst Ltd, who argued that their CapturaTalk literac...