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Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

Balabolka is a very powerful, free text to speech program that can be used for a lot of different tasks, including basic text to speech, changing the appearance of text to make it more accessible, reading eBooks and creating audio files. This blog will focus on the use of Balabolka to read eBooks in...

Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

Following on from Stuart's blog on Changes to Copyright Law (10th July). we've had a series of emails seeking clarification of the practicalities of access to books for people with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. A lot of information about this is available on CALL's Books for A...

Created on Monday, 21 April 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

We had a couple of enquiries last week about different aspects of 'text to speech' on an Apple Macintosh computer so it is probably a good time to put together some updated information, particularly relating to the Mavericks (10.9) Operating System. The first related to general text to speec...

Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

[This is the first blog in an occasional series considering different aspects of the use of speech recognition] We had some interesting feedback today from a school about a recent loan of a laptop with Dragon NaturallySpeaking software installed for trial use by one of their pupils: "J&nb...

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...