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iPad Accessibility Tools

This workshop will give a comprehensive overview of all the excellent accessibility features on an iPad that can support your learners. This course considers how iPads can support learners' (different) additional support needs, including learners with needs arising from dyslexia, visual impairment, ASD or physical challenges.

Be prepared to be amazed at how the in-built accessibility features and tools can be used both in your teaching and in the learning process for your pupils. We will also feature a few key apps which provide the next level of support to help learners work more independently and to raise their confidence and levels of attainment.



26th May 2022
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • Speak Screen and Speak Selection for Text To Speech
  • Reader View to clear out ads and clutter on a webpage
  • Split Screen options for working with 2 apps side by side
  • Display Accommodations to put a colour overlay on the iPad screen
  • Typing feedback
  • Spellchecking
  • Predictive text
  • Siri for speech to text
  • OneNote notebook for organisation and assistive tools
  • Apps that can read text out loud from printed text

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Primary and Secondary teachers and Pupil Support Assistants
  • Support for Learning staff
  • ITE and PG students, NQTs
  • Learners, their families and friends

Meet your presenter(s)

Shirley Lawson
Assistive Technology and ASN Officer

I bring my teaching experience into my role at CALL as Development Officer for Assistive Technologies and Additional Support Needs. I lead the CALL Scotland Professional Learning and am focussing on providing a programme of relevant, quality assistive technology training to those working with children and young people with additional support needs and / or disabilities.

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).