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Created on Friday, 01 October 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

We've recently found out about the Cool Tools for Schools wiki. This is an amazing resource, with lots of free / online tools that can be used by teachers and pupils (assuming they are allowed access online). Resources are categorised under the following headings: Presentation Tools ...

Created on Friday, 10 September 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government, working in partnership with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Reference Group, have developed a draft Scottish Autism Strategy.  The Strategy sets out what the Scottish Government in partnership with users, carers and professionals proposes to do to meet the needs of...

Created on Tuesday, 31 August 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

During the early part of 2009 we spent some time comparing different text-to-speech utilities that could be be used to read text aloud from web sites and published our conclusions in our Reading the Web information sheet. At the time, we found the best option was to use the free Click Speak utilit...

Created on Wednesday, 14 July 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

We were recently in contact with a member of staff from an adult day centre in Edinburgh. One of his clients, Stuart Hepburn has just finished writing a book, A Most Curious Detour, which describes his experience of becoming disabled as a result of a massive stroke in 2005. The stroke left him paral...

Created on Friday, 09 July 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on Secondary Legislation arising from The Equality Act 2010.The consultation seeks views on new rules of procedure for the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS), to enable them to hear disability claims (discrimination, harassme...

Created on Thursday, 03 June 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

What's this... a non-techie blog? Technology can often be used to support students with additional support needs in schools and colleges, but there are times when it isn't the answer. Even where it has a significant part to play, successful implementation depends on teachers, parents, speech and l...

Created on Tuesday, 20 April 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

We have featured a number of apps for the iPod Touch and the forthcoming iPad over the past few months, including apps for communication (see blogs on 18th January and 6th April) and for more general educational purposes (see blogs on 18th January and 24th February). These devices also have pote...

Created on Friday, 26 March 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

We have updated our quick guide to Low-cost / No-cost Software Tools for People with Dyslexia. This provides information about a selection of mainly free programs that can help people with reading and writing difficulties to access text on a computer. The guide is not intended to be a comprehensiv...

Created on Tuesday, 23 March 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

We are often asked if there is an Apple Macintosh version of WordTalk, the free text-to-speech add-on for Microsoft Word. Unfortunately, there isn't, and, due to differences in the way that PCs and Macs handle sound, there is unlikely to be a Mac version. There are a number of free text-to-speec...