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January 2021

A communication and assistive technology newsletter

Your monthly roundup for January

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.

More Complex Needs Home Learning Resources

Back in March we shared some links to resources for learning at home during the first lockdown period and you can still read about them in the CALL Blog archive. Here are some more which we think you might find useful as we begin another period of learning at home.


Technology-based Assessment Arrangements - digital assessments must be accessible

Digital Assessments must be accessible to all learners including students with disabilities or additional support needs. In this blog we explore what this means and how to create accessible assessments.


Technology-based Assessment Arrangements - during lockdown at home

On Monday the First Minister announced that schools would only be open for children of key workers and vulnerable children for January. In many schools, January is 'prelim month', so how can prelims or assessments be undertaken when most learners are at home?


Supporting dyslexic learners at home

The use of technology can be so important to a learner struggling with literacy difficulties. With pupils now accessing remote learning and most resources being delivered digitally, knowing how to make the best use of technology can make a huge difference in keeping your dyslexic pupils engaged in and enthused about learning while also giving them the tools and strategies to work more independently.


Training courses

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

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Free webinars

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Upcoming events

Some events for your diary.

ATIA conference

The Assistive Technology Industry Association’s virtual event has more than 150 live and recorded sessions being shown over 8 days (Jan 25 – 28 / Feb 1 – 4). The ATIA is a community of assistive technology practitioners, teachers, parents and caregivers who network to share ideas and best practice. The Free Registration package includes exhibitor activities, education content and select social networking activities. All session recordings are available until June 30, 2021 so you can sign up now and watch in your own time.

BettFest 2021

Take part in free certified CLPL sessions either during the virtual show or on-demand. The Digital Inclusion section of the event includes sessions on ensuring impactful teaching for pupils with ASN and improving skills for students at all levels.

What we're reading

Learners with Complex Additional Support Needs: Resources and guidance for parents to support their child’s learning at home

Education Scotland site with information and resources covering Communication; Movement, Games and Play; Making sense of the world; Daily routines and skills for learning; Sensory activities.

NAIT Key Messages for Staying at Home - Language and Conversational Partner Guidance

Very useful tips from the National Autism Implementation Team for parents and others interacting with children and young people who have an autistic spectrum condition.

Scotland Learns

Range of ideas and suggestions of activities to help parents, carers and practitioners to support learning at home and during the recovery year.