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Created on Friday, 07 August 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The latest version of Predictable 6, the text-based communication app from TherapyBox, can speak with the Scottish adult and child voices Heather, Stuart, Andrew and Mairi. Let's find out how they sound and work. Predictable 6 is a text-based communication aid app for iPad, Android and Windows. ...

Created on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

Most Android phones and tablets have a built-in text-to-speech facility, known as Select to Speak, that can be used to help people with reading difficulties listen to text from the screen. However, Select to Speak has shortcomings so it cannot be relied on as a general purpose text-to...

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 Wednesday, 24 June 2020. Posted by Gillian McNeill

The CALL Scotland 'wheel' of Apps provides a categorised guide to iPad Apps for individuals with complex communication support needs, who may need to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  First published in 2014, I'm pleased to share now that it has had it's 202...

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 Thursday, 18 June 2020. Posted by Shirley Lawson

A really big thank you to everyone who signed up for our virtual ASN and Technology Conference this week.  Due to Covid-19, we were unable to host our scheduled conferences in Glasgow and Edinburgh so made the decision to move it online.   We had the amazing total of 570 people sign up at ...

Created on Friday, 12 June 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Learners who use technology to read and access text need their textbooks in a digital format - so where can we get digital textbooks? Find out in this blog. Many learners with additional support needs have difficulty with ordinary paper textbooks and learning materials. Perhaps your son or daughter ...

Created on Wednesday, 27 May 2020. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Earlier this month I posted a blog about text-based AAC* apps for iPadOS with a link to a short survey. The survey was the first stage in the process of updating our Wheel of Apps for Individuals with Communication Support Needs, through gathering information on app use and features. The responses h...