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Created on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Suppose that you have dyslexia, or a reading difficulty, and have been given some important information printed on a sheet of paper. It may be an exam paper, or information about your flight and accommodation details for the holiday that you have been looking forward to for months. What do you do? Y...

Created on Friday, 12 May 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Do you have learning difficulties? Do you know, or support somebody with learning difficulties? What research needs to be done to help improve the lives of people with learning difficulties? We were approached recently by Ai Keow Lim, a researcher from Edinburgh University's SMC Research Centre ...

Created on Friday, 12 May 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland are organising a free event for adults (aged 16 and over) in Scotland who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to express themselves. It will take the form of a Technology Discovery Day, combined with a Consultation Session and will be...

Created on Friday, 05 May 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

[INFORMATION FROM COMMUNICATION MATTERS] People with communication difficulties don’t always get the support they need in the community. It would help if we had a UK symbol for businesses and organisations to show that they can support people with communication difficulties.  Busines...

Created on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Teachers in Scotland who have a Glow account can now download for free the Microsoft Office 2016 apps on up to 15 personal devices; up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets (Windows, iPad and Android) and 5 phones. Making these apps available helps Glow users take full advantage of the opportunities these too...

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...