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Created on Tuesday, 14 September 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Over 100 textbooks (mainly for the English curriculum) and novels in Word 2003 format are now available from RNIB. The books were produced as a result of the Accessible Resources Pilot project led by Dolphin and Inclusive Technology. There is a list of the books available on the RNIB web site. T...

Created on Tuesday, 27 July 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

If you teach or support children and young people with dyslexia, you will be interested in the Dyslexia Scotland Education Conference which this year will be held on Saturday 25th September at the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot-Watt University. The theme of the conference is "Innovative ...

Created on Friday, 16 July 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Forbes Smith, who is coordinating a working group looking at provision of accessible formats in East Dunbartonshire, emailed recently to say that East Dunbartonshire Library Service now has a service for providing downloadable audiobooks. So far they have over 560 titles available for immediate do...

Created on Monday, 12 July 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

On 28th May we blogged that the CLA announced a new Print Disability Licence to replace the 'VIP' licence, and today we received our copy of this new licence. Why is this good news? Well, the Print Disability Licence is for: "an educational establishment or a body that is not conducted for ...

Created on Friday, 28 May 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We're really very happy indeed to report that today the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) launched a new ‘Print Disability Licence’ to replace the old 'VIP' licence. The new licence has been extended to include all people with a 'print disability' - the previous licence was restricted to ...

Created on Monday, 24 May 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Accessible Text: Guidelines for Good Practice, is a new publication from CALL Scotland on 'how to' produce accessible resources.  Making your learning materials accessible to pupils with disabilities or additional support needs is not only good practice but is also necessary to meet equalit...

Created on Thursday, 13 May 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

There's a very interesting article by Bradley Hodges on the AFB AccessWorld site. Bradley describes his first 24 hours with an iPad and the article is full of really interesting insights. From the Books for All perspective, I think this comment is very illuminating: "There have been two transfor...

Created on Wednesday, 12 May 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

We’ve been looking at methods of computer access for a young boy (age 7) with athetoid cerebral palsy, and he’s evaluated quite a few options. The most promising method was an old Interface Designs switched joystick connected via a USB Mouse Mover interface, which he controls with his ri...

Created on Tuesday, 04 May 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Bookshare has a new online learning module for people who want to learn more about accessible digital books and resources. It has a US focus, but has good examples, with video and audio clips, of why some pupils need books in accessible digital formats and why it makes a difference to their edu...