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Created on Friday, 26 June 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

Teachers in some local authorities have been creating lessons and exercises combining text, images sound and video in Powerpoint for pupils to try at home. This is working well for many learners, but there can be issues depending on the device that is used to view the file, particularly for learners...

Created on Friday, 19 June 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

The wonderful Flo Longhorn (Flo Publications Ltd) has produced a couple of new  updates to her 2012 book, iPads, Apps and Very Special Learners, with information on some apps that are currently available to support very special learners, typically with complex additional support needs. She has ...

Created on Friday, 19 June 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

We were reminded today of the existence of Access:YouTube, which was developed by Access Technology North to provide a simpler interface to YouTube for people with additional support needs. We are not suggesting that people should spend long periods of time staring at YouTube videos, but there are t...

Created on Friday, 10 April 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

iPads and Autism Spectrum Condition / Complex Needs / Communication Support Needs [This is the second of two blogs aiming to help people navigate their way through the large amounts of information on the CALL web site covering the use of iPad technology to help learners with additional support needs...

Created on Thursday, 09 April 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

In these difficult times many parents and teachers are looking for information on how to make the best use of technology that they may have to support a child or young person with additional support needs at home. This is the first of two blogs focuing on some of our information to help such a child...

Created on Monday, 09 March 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

DyslexiFest, organised by Dyslexia Scotland, was held in The Barracks, Stirling on Saturday March 7th 2020. It was described as a "one-stop-pop-up dyslexia" event and included something for everybody with a personal or professional interest in dyslexia. In the morning session I gave a Mast...

Created on Thursday, 27 February 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

[Due to the ongoing public health situation posed by the Covid-19 virus, the decision has been made to postpone the Carers marketing campaign that was to launch on 30 March.] We have been asked by the Scottish Government Carers Branch to let people know that a campaign will be launched on March 30th...

Created on Wednesday, 06 November 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

I had a phone call recently from a school trying to support an S6 pupil with severe dyslexia who is transitioning to an apprenticeship, involving work in an office environment. He is regarded as being capable and quite bright, but is struggling with reading written instructions and phoning people, w...

Created on Friday, 20 September 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

We have been asked by Lee Gordon, a research student from Dundee University, to distribute information about a survey looking into the relationship between communication impairment, mental health and group identity. People with a disability needed for participation in an academic survey You are invi...