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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...

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

Technology to support learners with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia can make a big difference. Using free resources provided by CALL Scotland such as WordTalk, the Scottish Voices, Books for All, combined with a range of Windows built-in tools, free downloads and commercial software, support...

Created on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

I’m a big fan of keyboard shortcuts, not only do they make computing more efficient and faster, keyboard shortcuts are the key to accessibility offering access to visually impaired and blind users, who might otherwise be unable to use a computer.   Keyboard shortcuts are a standard a...

Created on Friday, 09 December 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

This week I answered two phone queries from different people about pupils who are having difficulties using a standard mouse. Both pupils are doing media related subjects which require intensive use of the mouse, particularly navigating the mouse, single and double clicking, holding and dragging ite...

Created on Thursday, 17 November 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

CALL has created a new email forum, ‘CALL Assistive Technology (AT) Community’ an informal space for people with a common interest; to share ideas and resources, to exchange information,  to ask questions related to assistive technology in an educational context, to discuss a rang...

Created on Friday, 30 September 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

There are three new features in iOS 10 that have the potential to make a big difference for learners with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia and also for those with visual difficulties.  Typing Feedback Highlight Content  Display Accommodations    They can all be found in &...

Created on Friday, 19 August 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

To make the most of a touch screen tablet device, such as an iPad, requires a user to make a range of ‘multi-touch’ gestures such as touching, tapping, swiping, pinching, rotating, zooming in and out, clicking, double clicking and even triple clicking.  For someone with a physical d...

Created on Thursday, 11 August 2016. Posted by Craig Mill

Kirk Smith, a US-based author and comedian, is performing his one-man show; A Comedian's Guide to Autism: Rice Krispies with Ketchup, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show is based on his humorous book and tells the real-life story of a comedian's journey with his autistic son. The show h...