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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...

Created on Thursday, 18 March 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Alistair McNaught, Senior Advisor at JISC TechDis leads the Right to Read Alliance working group on eBooks and his latest report to the Alliance identifies several very promising developments in the area of accessible eBooks. JISC RSC commissioned research by Shaw Trust into the accessibility of...

Created on Thursday, 18 March 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Craig Mill, e-Learning Advisor at the JISC Regional Support Centre NE in Edinburgh, has written a very good guide to creating accessible Word and PDF documents which you can download from the RSC NE e-Inclusion web site. The Guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution which means you ca...

Created on Tuesday, 16 March 2010. Posted by Paul Nisbet

eBooks have been around for some years now without making much impact but recently there has been a lot more buzz about them. There are a lot of interesting possibilities with eBooks for people with print disabilities but the main one is access to books: if accessible eBooks could be purchased dir...