It’s fantastic to hear that the Scottish Executive has taken the step of publishing this document that sets out ways in which we can provide accessible materials for students who experience difficulties with reading. There’s still a lot of work to be done to make this all happen but the apparent backing from the Executive hopefully puts these issues beyond a stage where they can be ignored. A small number of Support for Learning teachers from Highland primary and secondary schools were involved in helping with some local research for this work.
We are contacting you to let you know of an important development in the area of curriculum materials in accessible formats.Today the Scottish Executive posted a report titled Books for All: Accessible curriculum materials for pupils with additional support needs to its website.
The report is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/06/05081600/0
The report is the outcome of a project funded by Scottish Executive Education Department and carried out by the Communication Aids for Language and Learning (CALL Centre) at the University of Edinburgh.
· The numbers of pupils with literacy support needs in Scotland.
· What learning materials are required in alternative formats.
· Which alternative formats would benefit pupils with literacy difficulties.
· What benefits are achieved by having learning materials in alternative formats.
· Issues of equity and provisions under copyright exemption legislation. Finally, the report discusses how accessible materials might be made more widely available, the duties of responsible bodies such as local authorities in this regard, and what steps should be taken to address these issues.