You are in:

Blogs by ' Gillian McNeill'

Created on Monday, 23 November 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Using Symbols to Support Communication – English as an Additional Language (EAL)? Have you considered using symbols to support pupils in school who do not have English as their first language? Although, symbol use is now established in our toolbox of strategies for supporting pupils with ...

Created on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Free professional learning opportunity for anyone working in Health, Education, Social Services and Third Sector in Scotland, who would benefit from an Introduction to AAC. Download your booking form, with contact details for further information. ...

Created on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

The benefit of involving learners in shared reading and storytelling activities is widely recognised - for developing reading, writing, literacy, speech and for language. However, many learners with additional support needs (ASN), have difficulty accessing and using standard printed books, so h...

Created on Monday, 13 July 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Jobs in AAC are few and far between, so when one (well four actually) becomes available, it's worth sharing! The vacancies are at the Regional Communication Aids Service (RCAS), a specialist Electronic Assistive Technology Service based in Newcastle and covering the North...

Created on Friday, 03 July 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

  It’s been just over a year since the CALL Scotland team created a new resource - iPad Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs. It has been satisfying to see the fantastic response we have had, with paper copies being whisked off exhibition and workshop tables, and an astounding 15,...

Created on Monday, 01 June 2015. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Coming up next week are two ICT and Inclusion exhibitions organised by CALL Scotland and there is still time to book your place. Parents -  extra sessions - see below!!  This event provides an excellent opportunity for staff to see and compare the latest software ...

Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014. Posted by Gillian McNeill

First it was Rhona in Proloquo2Go and now we have Fiona in Predictable! Another Scottish voice has arrived this week for female AAC users using Predictable text-to-speech app on the iPad. The voice, called Fiona from the company Nuance, comes with a number of other voices to choose from including...

Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Having asked for Scottish voices from the AAC app developers some time ago, we are delighted to learn that a female voice has finally become available in Proloquo2Go (P2G). It’s called Rhona and is an adult female voice from the text-to-speech company Acapela.  My immediate re...

Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted by Gillian McNeill

Until now there have been few, if any options for those looking for a symbol-based communication app for iPad that uses PCS Symbols – Picture Communication Symbols. It has been a while coming, during which we have made much use of SymbolStix and Widgit symbols in particular, but yes PCS is...