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The new accessibility improvements and enhancements in Microsoft Windows 10 can provide valuable support for visually impaired learners who may require increased magnification, colour filters and screen reading functionality. The built-in tools offer a quick and easy way to customise and personalise the Windows desktop at no extra cost.

This 90-minute online learning workshop will be led by Craig Mill, Assistive Technology Advisor at CALL Scotland. It will be an interactive session with the option to use your own Windows device to try out things in real time and opportunities to ask questions and explore solutions for your students.

To fully participate please ensure you have Windows 10 version 1903. Find out which version of Windows you have. If you are on managed network you should check with your IT department.



24th September 2020
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
per person
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

What you will learn

  • To explore the built-in tools in Windows 10 to support VI learners e.g. 'Make everything bigger' options, colour filters and Narrator.
  • To explore Ease of Access tools in Windows 10 and learn how to customise settings e.g. cursor and pointer size, changing size of apps and text, display and high contrast settings.
  • To learn about assistive features in Microsoft Office applications such as Immersive Reader and how they can support learners with visual impairment.
  • To establish sources of free VI software and master how to use them.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Additional Support Needs staff in all sectors of Education including VI specialists and class teachers, particularly those who are new to technology or would like a reminder of what is available.
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff.
  • Support workers including respite care staff.
  • Parents and other family members.

Meet your presenter(s)

Craig Mill
Assistive Technology Advisor

Probably better known for developing the AccessApps, a suite of portable open source and free learning support tools that can be run from a USB drive.

Craig is also the developer of the awards winning MyStudyBar - a handy tool to support learners with literacy difficulties. Craig is keeping abreast of new developments in technology, particularly technology to help overcome barriers to learning.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Capacity: Maximum of 20 per workshop.
  • Equipment requirements: Either a Windows PC (or laptop), Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.
  • Weblink for online workshop: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.
  • Preparing for the Webinar: To try and ensure the webinar goes as smoothly as possible for you on the day, we've created a very simple 4 point preparation list that you may wish to follow.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.


Course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card.

Card payment: You will recieve an email after your booking from which will contain a payment link.

Invoice: All Authorities are no 'NO PO, NO PAY' so please make arrangements to provide CALL Scotland with a Purchase Order Number from your local authority or school finance system. We will raise an invoice which will be sent directly to your Finance Office.

NB: We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).