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Technology to Support Learners with Visual Impairment

Modern devices such as laptops and iPads include different tools to support learners with visual difficulties that are incorporated into their operating systems, for example, Windows 10 and Apple iOS. Although this is a welcome move to improve universal accessibility, many of the tools vary between devices and operating systems.

In this workshop, Craig will highlight, demonstrate and compare the range of Windows and iOS built-in accessibility features for learners with a visual impairment. This will include magnification, screenreading, text to speech options, large text, display settings and customising the device to best meet the needs of the learner.

The workshop will also explore accessibility features in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Craig will demonstrate the steps needed to transform a PDF file into an ePub format and show how to read the converted ePub file in an accessible reader on a Windows device or on an iPad.



9th September 2021
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To maximise the built-in tools in Windows devices and Office 365 applications.
  • To demonstrate assistive features of Immersive Reading tools.
  • To compare the Ease of Access settings in Windows 10 with the Accessibility features of an iOS device (iPad / iPhone).
  • To understand how to use Zoom and Themes in Teams to support home learning.
  • Find out how to make the most of a PDF and convert it to alternative formats such as ePub.
  • Know where to find information, resources and further Professional Learning opportunities.

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 refresh on what is available.
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff.
  • Support Workers including respite care staff.
  • Parents and other family members.
  • Support Workers.

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).