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Created on Monday, 17 May 2021. Posted by Allan Wilson

The ACE Centre and TechAbility are working together to research the skills, knowledge and awareness among school and FE leaders, teachers and IT staff regarding the use of Assistive Technology to support learning. They have created a short survey in conjunction with Cranfield University to help gath...

Created on Monday, 03 May 2021. Posted by Allan Wilson

People don't always have time to study the programme for an online event like our ASL and Technology conference on 16th June so we are posting a series of blogs to highlight particular presentations that may be of interest to help decide what to see. This blog focuses on Dyslexia and Literacy Di...

Created on Tuesday, 27 April 2021. Posted by Allan Wilson

Immersive Reader and Learning Tools have proven themselves to be very useful tools for supporting people with reading and writing difficulties over the last couple of years, so we were delighted when Microsoft recently added Immersive Reader to the Online version of Powerpoint. Immersive Reader has ...

Created on Thursday, 11 March 2021. Posted by Allan Wilson

It has always been possible to use a switch with a Chromebook to access various online activities (e.g. HelpKidzLearn), but the release of Chrome OS 88 in January has brought switch access into the operating system, giving people with disabilities who cannot use a mouse / trackpad or keyboard greate...

Created on Tuesday, 09 February 2021. Posted by Allan Wilson

Back in 2019, I wrote a blog on using different browsers to make web sites easier to read by removing 'clutter', adjusting the appearance of pages and having text read out by a built-in text-to-speech option. This is an update, particularly on the Edge browser. I concluded that Edge "ha...

Created on Monday, 02 November 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

I did an online session recently with Dyslexia Scotland's South West branch, looking at the use of Immersive Reader (and other tools) to help learners with dyslexia complete assignments sent to them via Teams. Given the possibility of pupils having to self-isolate at home, or even experiencing a...

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 Friday, 19 June 2020. Posted by Allan Wilson

The wonderful Flo Longhorn has been producing 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.  The latest of these updates is ...