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Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

Most web browsers now have a built-in "reading mode"* that allows the person viewing an article to remove clutter, making it easier to focus on the text. In most browsers this reading mode also allows text size and spacing to be enlarged, margins adjusted and the use of a text-to-speech fa...

Created on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

Most people think that it is good for people with dyslexia to learn to touch type to help them develop writing skills. But how does typing help, what is the evidence for this, and how should people learn to touch type? (This blog accompanies a webinar I am presenting on May 29th on Touch Typing for ...

Created on Friday, 24 May 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

I have had an occasional interest in Selective Mutism (SM) since before my days at CALL Scotland, when I worked in youth training and we had a trainee who refused to speak to anybody. In his case, it was due to a delay in his voice 'breaking' and the embarrassment of speaking with a high, &#...

Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular in Scottish schools, partly because they are relatively easy to manage and also because they turn on very quickly so there's no need to wait for the device to boot up. However, the limited range of built-in voices has been a disadvantage for learners...

Created on Monday, 14 January 2019. Posted by Allan Wilson

The Scottish Government's Assisted Communication Team is trying to find out how many people in Scotland use a communication aid, or could benefit from having such a device. They are hoping to include a question about this in the 2021 Census. What is the Census? The Census is carried out in the U...

Created on Monday, 16 July 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

In August thousands of actors, comedians, writers and other creatives will flock to Edinburgh to take part in the various Festivals that enhance the City throughout the month. Many of the performers taking part in the Festivals will have dyslexia or another reading / writing difficulty. The exact na...

Created on Tuesday, 19 June 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

We regularly receive enquiries from parents (and schools, acting on their behalf) asking about funding for specialist equipment for learners with additional support needs. If the school or local authority are not able to provide equipment from their regular budgets, e.g. for home use, where should p...

Created on Wednesday, 16 May 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

We recently received an enquiry from a teacher seeking advice on where to get digital books, particularly for maths, for pupils with reading difficulties. She also asked whether the school should use laptops or tablets to support these pupils. I thought I would share my response. What would you choo...

Created on Friday, 11 May 2018. Posted by Allan Wilson

We were contacted recently by Leanne Reid asking if we could pass on information about the Very Inclusive Play Club which she has set up in Edinburgh. This aims to provide children with additional support needs in the 0 - 5 age group with structured opportunities for play and relaxation. Leanne curr...