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IPads for Learners with Visual Impairment

iPads have great potential for pupils who are visually impaired or blind and who need a portable, flexible and easy to use tool to access their curriculum through the Internet (e.g. Glow), eBooks and digital materials, and for finding out information, reading, writing and recording.

The course will provide an opportunity to explore the potential of the inbuilt operating system ‘Accessibility’ and will demonstrate how these features address different pupil access needs through case examples. A range of specialist apps (either free or low cost) and hardware will be covered with emphasis on what they offer to pupils who are blind or visually impaired.



course cost is £120

Ref: BA4

What you'll learn on the training course

As well as gaining a clearer understanding of the law and policy as it applies to accessibility within Scottish education, participants will learn hands-on how blind and visually impaired pupils can use iPads to:

  • Read and access digital texts and eBooks
  • Accessing interactive worksheets and assessments
  • Portable note-taking outlining and planning
  • Writing
  • Access and share digital resources via the iPad.

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suited to:

  • Teachers of visually impaired pupils and support assistants
  • Subject Teachers
  • Support for Learning staff.

Our trainer(s)

Craig Mill

Assistive Technology Advisor

Probably better known for developing the AccessApps, a suite of portable open source and free learning support tools that can be run from a USB drive.

Craig is also the developer of the awards winning MyStudyBar a handy tool to support learners with literacy difficulties. Craig is keeping abreast of new developments in technology, particularly technology to help overcome barriers to learning.

Paul Nisbet

Engineer and Educational Technologist

Paul is a Senior Research Fellow and has an engineering background. He's involved in CALL's assessment and support service for pupils, with a particular responsibility for access technology for pupils with physical disabilities; and for technology to enable students with dyslexia or literacy difficulties access the curriculum.


About the day


The course starts at 9:30am and finishes at 3:30pm.

Lunch and refreshments

  • Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout the morning;
  • Selection of biscuits will be available;
  • A generous lunch to keep you full up.


There are a selection of rooms to cater for varying group sizes. Each person will have access to a laptop or an iPad (if required).

Our courses are run at our training centre at the University of Edinburgh (10 minute walk from Waverley station and just off the Royal Mile).