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Created on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Today’s blog for National Digital Learning Week 2017 focuses on supporting communication. Last week at CALL we delivered a course on how to use iPads to support learners to develop their communication. We can and have provided a number of courses on this topic - this one focussed on using phot...

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 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 Wednesday, 06 January 2016. Posted by Gillian McNeill

The Tools2Talk app from Scope in Australia has been one of our app favourites at CALL since September 2014 when we first purchased it. The app offered a quick and easy method for designing and printing symbol communication boards and resources using an iPad, whilst being inexpensive (£8.99) co...

Created on Monday, 23 November 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Using Symbols to Support Communication – English as an Additional Language (EAL)? Have you considered using symbols to support pupils in school who do not have English as their first language? Although, symbol use is now established in our toolbox of strategies for supporting pupils with ...

Created on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Free professional learning opportunity for anyone working in Health, Education, Social Services and Third Sector in Scotland, who would benefit from an Introduction to AAC. Download your booking form, with contact details for further information. ...

Created on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

The benefit of involving learners in shared reading and storytelling activities is widely recognised - for developing reading, writing, literacy, speech and for language. However, many learners with additional support needs (ASN), have difficulty accessing and using standard printed books, so h...

Created on Monday, 13 July 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Jobs in AAC are few and far between, so when one (well four actually) becomes available, it's worth sharing! The vacancies are at the Regional Communication Aids Service (RCAS), a specialist Electronic Assistive Technology Service based in Newcastle and covering the North...

Created on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

  It’s been just over a year since the CALL Scotland team created a new resource - iPad Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs. It has been satisfying to see the fantastic response we have had, with paper copies being whisked off exhibition and workshop tables, and an astounding 15,...