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    Created on Thursday, 07 April 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

    I’m writing this article in response to a query I recently received. I was asked for some advice on reading online news articles for someone with a visual impairment and struggles using a mouse. They had tried using the free Natural Reader (a text-to-speech tool) but the process of s...

    Created on Thursday, 31 March 2022. Posted by Craig Mill

    A question we often get asked at CALL is about converting paper or printed worksheets to digital format that can be read aloud using text-to-speech by a device such as an iPad or Android. Digital readable formats can be helpful to learners who have literacy difficulties, who are print disa...

    Created on Tuesday, 21 April 2020. Posted by Paul Nisbet

    Guidance from Scottish Government published yesterday suggested that parents should look on our web site to find out about tools to help with home learning, such as 'overlays and text to speech'. Here's where to find the information on overlays. We'll do text to speech tomorrow. Why ...

    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 Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

    Suppose that you have dyslexia, or a reading difficulty, and have been given some important information printed on a sheet of paper. It may be an exam paper, or information about your flight and accommodation details for the holiday that you have been looking forward to for months. What do you do? Y...

    Created on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Posted by Shirley Lawson

    The aim of National Digital Learning week is to highlight the innovative and exciting ways in which digital technologies are being used to support Scottish learners.  Our focus here at CALL Scotland is the support of learners with additional support needs and we think the use of assistive techn...

    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 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 Friday, 09 January 2015. Posted by 

    A new free resource book on dyslexia is available. Although written mainly for adults who have dyslexia it may be of interest to a more general audience that includes parents of children with dyslexia. Written anonymously by an adult who has dyslexia it takes a holistic approach to reading. It de...