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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...

Created on Monday, 18 January 2010. Posted by Allan Wilson

Were you lucky enough to get an iPhone or an iPod Touch for Christmas? Perhaps your school was able to scrape together funds to buy one? In addition to all the music and videos that you can download from iTunes, you'll find a bewildering array of apps that you can use, covering everything from tun...

Created on Tuesday, 24 November 2009. Posted by Allan Wilson

Many pupils with writing difficulties can benefit from the use of Voice Notes in Microsoft Word to record their answers to questions in a worksheet. Rather than type an answer, a pupil can speak it into a microphone and have the recording saved with the document for the teacher to review later. ...

Created on Wednesday, 28 October 2009. Posted by Allan Wilson

There are some incredible resources available free on the internet these days. (We like to think we have some pretty incredible resources available on our web sites, too, e.g. WordTalk and The Scottish Voice.) Here are a couple of American sites that I have come across recently and which are defi...

Created on Friday, 24 July 2009. Posted by Allan Wilson

CALL frequently receives enquiries from people seeking advice on utilities that can be used to read text from web pages. Teachers and parents may be using WordTalk to read Word documents and are now looking for something similar to read web pages. Earlier this year CALL carried out a detailed co...