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June 2021

A communication and assistive technology newsletter

Your newsletter for June

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 Professional Learning for August - December 2021

Building on the success of our current online learning workshops focussing on assistive technology to support learners with additional support needs, we are going to continue to deliver Professional Learning online workshops from August to December 2021.


ASL & Technology - Complex Needs

This is the third in our series of blogs highlighting various upcoming sessions at our 2021 ASL & Technology. Today we're looking at sessions which may be helpful for people supporting learners who have Complex Needs.


Free word prediction to support spelling

Word prediction can help support learners with spelling difficulties. Increasingly word prediction is being incorporated into the operating systems of devices such as 'Predictive' on the iPhone and iPad and 'Show Text Suggestions' in Windows 10.


Making the most of PDF’s to support VI learners

The Portable Document Format (PDF) has been around for a long time. As well as being a free download, Adobe Acrobat Reader includes a range of tools to support learners with ASN, particularly learners with a visual impairment.


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 Conference 2021

Wednesday 16 June, 2021. For those interested in technology to assist students with Additional Support Needs.

Lost in Transition? Supporting young people with vision impairment for post school transitions

Free online conference hosted by the University of Birmingham's Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching looking at the post-school experiences of young people with visual impairment.

What we're reading

Growing AAC Professionals: AACessible Literacy: Emergent Literacy Resources for the AAC SLP.

A blog on the PrAACtical AAC web site focusing on a student project to bring together a collection of resources on AAC and emergent literacy.

Curriculum for Excellence 2020-2021 - OECD review: initial evidence pack

Initial evidence base for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) independent review of Curriculum for Excellence, developed by the Scottish Government, to provide the OECD with contextual information and evidence on the Scottish education system, in advance of their research and engagement work.