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Exploring the iPad's Built-in Tools to Support Dyslexia

The iPad is a popular device in schools and at home too. For pupils with dyslexia who have difficulties with reading, writing, spelling, organisation and processing information, technologies such as the iPad, can provide them with the opportunity to work more independently and to boost their confidence.

In this course, Craig will explore all the built in accessibility features of the iPad to support literacy difficulties including help with spelling. He will demo the individual features and show how they can support a dyslexic pupil and help to increase productivity. This will be a great opportunity to spend some time learning about the features on iPads you may have had in the class for a while and not used to their full potential.

Craig will also signpost you to a range of resources and provide advice on some useful apps which are now appearing in our world famous dyslexia app wheel.



6th October 2022
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To learn how to use Text to speech on the iPad to support reading difficulties.
  • To learn how to use Speech to text on the iPad to support writing difficulties.
  • To explore spellchecking and word prediction features.
  • To consider the use of assistive features such as Safari Reader mode on a webpage.
  • To understand how to download a digital book and open it in the Books App.
  • To look at a selection of new literacy support apps on our Dyslexia app wheel.

Who is the course aimed at?

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

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).