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Created on Friday, 20 November 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

I've been speaking to parents and teachers about iPads at a number of events recently and have been struck by the number of people asking about apps to help with reading who don't know about the built-in 'Speak Selection' and 'Speak Screen' facilities. If all you want is to b...

Created on Monday, 09 November 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

"Doran" is "shorthand" for the process of implementing the recommendations of the report produced in 2012 by Peter Doran and colleagues aimed at providing better outcomes and experiences for children and young people with complex additional support needs. The recommendations are ...

Created on Monday, 26 October 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

Ever since we first produced our wheel of iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties in October 2013, we've had regular requests for a similar wheel for tablets and smartphones that use the Android operating system. IPads are used much more frequently than Android de...

Created on Tuesday, 29 September 2015. Posted by Allan Wilson

Bobath Scotland have a couple of interesting events coming up in Glasgow next month. First of all, on Wednesday 7th October they are holding their Annual Conference in theRadisson Blu hotel, Argyll Street, Glasgowto mark World Cerebral Palsy Day. This event is free and open to all. It will provide...

Created on Thursday, 23 October 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

[We have been asked to circulate information on a couple of surveys that Bobath Scotland are carrying out among parents of children with cerebral palsy in Scotland and the practitioners working with them.] Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre are currently progressing a bid to the Big Lo...

Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

Crick Software have just released an interesting new keyboard app for the iPad, taking advantage of the new iOS 8 feature that allows different keyboards to be used across a range of different apps. Superkeys Assistive Keyboard divides the keyboard up into a series of 'chunks' of keys. ...

Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

Some people have been having a problem with logging into the Books for All Scotland Database from the Books for All web site since the launch of the new version of Glow. They are getting an error message, "The username or password you entered was incorrect." Please check and try again. The...

Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

Balabolka is a very powerful, free text to speech program that can be used for a lot of different tasks, including basic text to speech, changing the appearance of text to make it more accessible, reading eBooks and creating audio files. This blog will focus on the use of Balabolka to read eBooks in...

Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted by Allan Wilson

Following on from Stuart's blog on Changes to Copyright Law (10th July). we've had a series of emails seeking clarification of the practicalities of access to books for people with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. A lot of information about this is available on CALL's Books for A...