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April 2020

A communication and assistive technology newsletter

Your newsletter for April

The CALL Scotland team have been working from home as much as possible. If you need to get in touch please phone the main CALL answerphone on 0131 651 6236 or email call.scotland@ed.ac.uk and we will get back to you.

Online ASL and Technology Conference 2022 - Book Today!

CALL Scotlandís ASL and Technology Conference 2022 is taking place online on Thursday 16th June. This conference is aimed primarily at anyone working in education with pupils with Additional Support Needs but also will be relevant to those supporting students with disabilities in Further and Higher Education or adults with disabilities in the community.


Using a phoneís telephoto lens as a distance camera

Most modern phones, including Android and iPhones, have good quality cameras for taking close up and distance snaps. A telephoto lens on a phone can be used for capturing information on flyers, posters, and content on the class whiteboard.


Read Aloud in Edge Browser - a great addition to support reading

Iím 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.


Great opportunities to learn about Technology with the CALL team!

Delivering our Professional Learning online has allowed us to reach a far greater number of people and have a wider geographical audience. We have been delighted to share our expertise with teachers, Pupil Support Assistants, Support for Learning staff, parents, students and external professionals involved with pupils with Additional Support Needs.


Training courses

90 minute Online Learning workshops - £40 per person per workshop.

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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.

ASL and Technology Online Conference 2022

For those interested in technology to assist students with Additional Support Needs

Communication Matters International AAC Conference

The Communication Matters International AAC Conference is the UK's leading annual AAC event, with a diverse programme of plenaries, presentations, posters and an exhibition held over two and a half days.

What we're reading

Equity for All: Childrenís Speech and Language Therapy Services in Scotland.

A thematic report commissioned by the Scottish Government to provide a comprehensive understanding of the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people in Scotland and the speech and language therapy provision.

Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment (CFVI)

Defining specialist skills development and best practice support to promote equity, inclusion and personal agency.

SEND Review: Right Support, right place, right time.

The government has published a green paper on the future of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system and is undertaking a public consultation on the green paperís proposals.