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Created on Friday, 30 March 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government has announced a new Section 10 Grant Scheme providing funding for voluntary / third sector organisations supporting people with sensory impairments and / or people with communication difficulties. Under the Section 10 Grant scheme, the Scottish Government's Assisted Comm...

Created on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

Communication Matters are holding a Supplier Roadshow in the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank on Tuesday 22nd May, in association with the Scottish Centre of Technology for the Communication Impaired (SCTCI). Communication Matters is a UK-wide charity whose members include people who use a...

Created on Thursday, 08 March 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

We were contacted recently by Mark Statham from Bierley.com Ltd with regard to their ColorMouse handheld electronic magnifier. Following the conversation, Mark sent us one of the devices to try out. Here are my thoughts. As its name suggests, the ColorMouse resembles a standard computer mouse, heigh...

Created on Thursday, 01 February 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

Back around 1990, my colleague, Sally Millar (now enjoying her retirement), was working with an adult with communication difficulties. (We’ll call her Mandy.) Everything seemed to be in place for Mandy to spend a weekend’s respite with a family – her communication book had been upd...

Created on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government has announced the opening of the Independent Living Fund Scotland Transition Fund which aims to help young people, between the ages of 16 and 21 living with disabilities, with the transition after leaving school or children's services to be more independent. The maximum ...

Created on Monday, 08 January 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Parliament passed the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 back on 3rd March of that year. Part 4 of the Act introduced a legal duty for NHS Health Boards in Scotland to provide communication equipment and necessary support for any person who has lost their voice...

Created on Wednesday, 03 January 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

Professor Lani Florian, Bell Chair of Education, The University of Edinburgh, will be delivering a Public Lecture, entitled 'On the Presumption of Mainstreaming: Ideals and Reality' at 5 pm on Tuesday 16th January 2018. The lecture will be given in the Godfrey Thomson Hall, Moray House Schoo...

Created on Monday, 11 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Communication Trust has been funded by the Department for Education to conduct a research project on the effective teaching of literacy for pupils who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Part of the project is a national survey around practices and experiences for any...

Created on Friday, 08 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

I had a phone call this week from an adult with dyslexia wanting to use text-to-speech with the Kindle app to help him read books on an Android tablet. You would expect this to be relatively straightforward, but it took over two hours of investigation and I'm still not sure that I found the '...