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Created on Friday, 14 January 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

Small changes can make a big difference! In this new resource 'Using Microsoft Word to support learners with Additional Support Needs (ASN)' a series of short video guides explains how you can make small changes using Microsoft Word’s built-in tools to support learners with literacy di...

Created on Friday, 05 November 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

I’ve had a few queries recently asking how to make PowerPoint accessible, particularly for learners with a visual impairment who use a screen reader. We have lots of resources on making Word accessible for example the YouTube video playlist on 'Creating Accessible Documents' and the po...

Created on Friday, 05 November 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

If so, then look no further. CALL Scotland, in partnership with Edinburgh University’s School of Professional Learning, will be running a 10-week introductory course, starting in February 2022 on technology to support additional support needs in education. The focus of the course will highligh...

Created on Tuesday, 12 October 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

We all know that Siri on the iPad is good for lots of things such as asking about the weather, solving maths questions, dictating messages and writing documents, but are you familiar with Voice Control, a lesser-known tool in Accessibility that can do so much more than Siri? With Voice Control, you ...

Created on Thursday, 02 September 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

“I know what I want to write, I just can’t get it down on paper”. Does this sound familiar? I meet lots of learners who have great ideas, plenty of stories to tell, but struggle when it comes to the physical act of writing. A blank page whether it be paper or a word processor can b...

Created on Wednesday, 25 August 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

Last February I posted an article about a series of video guides I made on ‘Creating Accessible Documents and Formats’. Encouraged by the popularity of the video guides I thought it would be a good idea to consolidate all the guides into an online learning module, with an opportunity to ...

Created on Wednesday, 02 June 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

Word prediction can help support learners with spelling difficulties. Increasingly word prediction is being incorporated into the operating systems of devices such as 'Predictive' on the iPhone and iPad and 'Show Text Suggestions' in Windows 10. What is word prediction? Word predicti...

Created on Wednesday, 19 May 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

The Portable Document Format (PDF) has been around for a long time. As well as being a free download, Adobe Acrobat Reader includes a range of tools to support learners with ASN, particularly learners with a visual impairment. The video tutorial below explores and highlights different tools in Adobe...

Created on Wednesday, 19 May 2021. Posted by Craig Mill

Providing captions is important as it makes video and audio more accessible to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. What are captions? If you are unfamiliar with captions (or subtitles), they are words or sentences which are displayed on a screen such as a television, computer, tablet (and even p...