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April 2018

Commencement of Duty to provide AAC in Scotland

March 19th was the commencement day for the law that entitles people in Scotland to communication equipment and the support required to use it.

Funding Opportunity for 3rd Sector in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced a new Section 10 Grant Scheme providing funding for voluntary / third sector organisations supporting people with sensory impairments and / or people with communication difficulties.

Communication Matters Roadshow

Communication Matters are holding a Supplier Roadshow in the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank on Tuesday 22nd May, in association with the Scottish Centre of Technology for the Communication Impaired (SCTCI).

Immersive Reader's new Picture Dictionary

A new partnership between Microsoft, Tobii Dynavox and Boardmaker introduces Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) to Microsoft’s Learning Tools.

Training courses

At our University of Edinburgh training centre.

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Free webinars

30 minute online workshops delivered to your desktop.

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Upcoming events

Some events for your diary.

Family Fun Technology Day 2018 - FREE

Run by specialist staff (CALL, FAACT, KEYCOMM, SCTCI, TASSCC and others) and funded by Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland and Communication Matters, this is a chance for families of children with additional support needs to try out and learn about software, hardware, and specialised communication technologies. If you are a professional you are welcome to come along with a family you work with.

ASL and Technology 2018 - FREE

This year, ASL & Technology will take place in Aberdeen (13 June) and Edinburgh (14 June). Both days will feature presentations by teachers and pupils from local schools on the innovative use of technology in the classroom, presentations by staff from CALL Scotland highlighting good practice, and an exhibition featuring many of the UK's leading suppliers of software and technology to support learners with additional support needs.

What we're reading

The Scottish Strategy for Autism: Outcomes and Priorities

An engagement exercise in which more than 1,200 people participated through either our online questionnaire or engagement events. This engagement helped to inform this updated set of priorities.

Alternative Paths to Literacy: Literacy Support for Children and Young People who Use AAC

Excellent, free resource from The Communication Trust, for practitioners, with lots of useful guidance on developing literacy skills for children with communication difficulties. The accompanying Literature Review by Prof Janice Murray is another great resource.

Bercow: Ten Years On

An independent review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Relates to services in England, but still interesting and relevant for people in other areas.