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Created on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Students with additional support needs can get popular assistive software for use at home during the Covid-19 situation. Read more to find out about some really great software and apps that are available to you. Clicker and DocsPlus Clicker and DocsPlus are well known writing tools with versions for...

Created on Monday, 02 March 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

SQA have published information on the number of requests for Assessment Arrangements in last year's external examinations. It gives an indication of the methods of support that candidates with disabilities or additional support needs are asking to use in exams. The breakdown of requests for diff...

Created on Monday, 24 February 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Amanda Warren, who is a Dyslexia Tutor, has written a fascinating post about how Immersion Reading has opened up books and reading for her son, who is dyslexic. Amanda writes that her son was diagnosed with dyslexia, poor working memory and extremely slow processing at age 10. In school he has been ...

Created on Monday, 10 February 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Tobii DynaVox's Snap Core First for Windows communication app can now speak Scottish!  We're very pleased that the latest version of Snap Core First for Windows can now use the free Scottish computer voices. Previously, we were limited to the Windows 10 voices within Snap Core, but this...

Created on Monday, 20 January 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

On this Blue Monday what could be more uplifting than thinking about the upcoming exams in May? You'll be excited that the 2019 digital question papers are now available from the SQA web site, and to help us plan for using technology in examinations, I've picked out a few key points from the...

Created on Monday, 16 December 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

As well as noble and worthy activities like communication and access to education, technology can of course also be used for having fun and playing. If you are interested in accessible computer gaming, read on. Just in time for Christmas! Recently I've been researching options for playing comput...

Created on Thursday, 28 November 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

After 9 years and over 230,000 downloads, the Books for All Database will close on 19 February 2020. The new replacement Books for All web site is up and running and so we encourage you to create an account now, and to get into the habit of using the new facility so that you won't be surprised w...

Created on Monday, 25 November 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

Have you got something to say about additional support for learning in Scotland? You have a chance to give your views and experiences by taking part in the ASL Review. If you are a parent, carer, teacher, practitioner or learner (or anyone else) you can contact Angela Morgan, who is leading the revi...

Created on Friday, 11 October 2019. Posted by Paul Nisbet

The partnership between CALL and CereProc to develop and licence Scottish Computer voices was recognised on Wednesday night when we won the Design for Diversity category at the 2019  Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards. Paul and Shirley donned their glad rags and received the prize at th...