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Created on Friday, 26 February 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is attempting to compile a list of the "50 Most Priority Assistive Products", stating that "We need more than a billion assistive products now and 2 billion by 2050." Based on the apparent success of the Essential Medicines List, the WHO has ma...

Created on Tuesday, 23 February 2016. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Family Fun Technology Day on Saturday 16th April provides an opportunity for the families of children with additional support needs to find out more about how various forms of technology can help, particularly with regard to communication. The event is held at CALL Scotland, Moray House School o...

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

Last week we retweeted a tweet about a new Pinterest board from US-based speech and language pathologist, Lauren S. Enders on "AAC: Engaging Apps for Implementation". (Pinterest is a web site that allows the user to bring together web resources and display links to them in a visual format....

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

ClaroPDF is an excellent iPad app for working with PDFs, particularly when you want to have text in a PDF read out to you, without losing the formatting in a file. It is also the only app that we know about that can use the iPad version of Scottish computer voice, Heather. We recently had problems w...

Created on Wednesday, 16 December 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

CALL Scotland today launches our most comprehensive ever programme of webinars, with 17 scheduled for the first half of 2016. We have webinars planned for various iPad apps, communication, digital exams, speech recognition and other areas. Three presentations by guest presenters will provide opportu...

Created on Wednesday, 16 December 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

The ModMath iPad app was developed by the parents of a child with dyslexia and dysgraphia to allow him to lay out mathematical problems neatly and legibly. Since it was first released around two years ago ModMath has acquired a reputation as a nice, easy to use app for laying out arithmetic on an iP...

Created on Wednesday, 02 December 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

Sandra and Craig have spent a day in Renfrewshire during each of the last two weeks delivering a Professional Learning opportunity in 'ICT and Dyslexia' for staff in schools. The first day focused on the use of ICT to support primary school pupils with dyslexia, while the second looked at it...

Created on Friday, 20 November 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

I've been speaking to parents and teachers about iPads at a number of events recently and have been struck by the number of people asking about apps to help with reading who don't know about the built-in 'Speak Selection' and 'Speak Screen' facilities. If all you want is to b...

Created on Monday, 09 November 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

"Doran" is "shorthand" for the process of implementing the recommendations of the report produced in 2012 by Peter Doran and colleagues aimed at providing better outcomes and experiences for children and young people with complex additional support needs. The recommendations are ...