Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, ICT Support, Inclusion

A Gaelic Voice

CALL Scotland has been awarded funding by The Scottish Government Gaelic and Scots UnitScottish Funding CouncilScottish Qualifications Authority and Bòrd na Gàidhlig to develop, along with CereProc, a digital voice in Gaelic.

This is fabulous news and means that Gaelic users will now be able to benefit from a quality voice to support writing and/or reading.

Cereproc is the Edinburgh-based digital voice company that brought us the now familiar, Stuart and Heather that are so widely used across Scottish schools.

Read Paul’s blogpost here for all the details.

Posted in ICT Support

Supporting Writing Difficulties Infographic from CALL Scotland

CALL Scotland has produced a helpful and practical guide to the decision making process about how to support children with writing difficulties. Full details and rationale are on CALL Scotland’s Blog.

The poster is available in two formats: one is for printing while the second contains live links to further suggestions and resources.

CALL Scotland and ATSS worked on a Highland Version of these posters to take account of our procedures and individual pathways of support. You can obtain the Highland versions by clicking here for the print version or here for the version with links.

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Posted in AAC, Assistive Technology Software, ICT Support, Inclusion, Personal

iPad Apps for AAC from CALL Scotland

Our friends at CALL Scotland, Sally Millar and Gillian McNeill in particular, have produced another fantastically well-considered and well-designed app wheel: this time for apps that support the development of, or the full-blown use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Read about it and download or interact with your own copy (the app icons are all linked to further info) from the CALL Scotland blog.

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Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, Assistive Technology Software, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion

ICT & Inclusion Roadshow 2014 – Inverness

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The Assistive Technology Support Service is thrilled to announce that one of this session’s ICT & Inclusion Roadshow events is to be held in Inverness.

This well-established touring event returns for the first time since 2009 and brings together expertise from CALL Scotland, BRITE, as well as developers and suppliers of Assistive Technologies that support the inclusion of many of our pupils. It’s a chance to hear up-to-date news and developments (of which there are many) and to speak to the experts, face-to-face.

We hope that many teachers will attend the day (or part) and that we will be joined by our colleagues from Speech & Language and Occupational Therapy. Parents are also very welcome.

We will be sending out additional information sheets/booking forms but Highland Education staff should register via the Highland CPD Calendar.

ICT and Inclusion Roadshow, 2014

ICT and Inclusion is Scotland’s leading annual exhibition with a focus on the use of ICT to support learners with additional support needs.

This year’s roadshows are being held at:

Kingsmill Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP, 10th June

CALL Scotland, University of Edinburgh, 11th June

CALL Scotland and BRITE, the organisers of the event, have arranged for up to 20 of the UK’s leading suppliers of software and technology to support learners with additional support needs to take part in the exhibition and to give a short presentation on their latest products.

There will also be short presentations by staff from BRITE, CALL and local schools, colleges and services, illustrating the use of technology to support learning.

The days are free to attend and run from 9.00 until 4.00 pm. Lunch is provided for people who book in advance.

Though ICT and Inclusion is aimed mainly at staff from schools and colleges, equipment and software on display may be of interest to adults with disabilities and the people who support them.

The event is supported by Highland Council.

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Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Software, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion, Teaching & Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

“UDL research demonstrates that the challenge of diversity can and must be met by making curriculum flexible and responsive to learner differences.”

I’m asking participants at an upcoming course on using Clicker 6 to watch the video below to enable us to give some thought to how well the software might meet the principles of Multiple Means of Representation, Multiple Means of Action and Expression, and Multiple Means of Engagement that underpin Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

More information on UDL can be found on the National Centre Universal Design for Learning website.

Posted in Accessibility, Assistive Technology Hardware, CPD/Training/Events, ICT Support, Inclusion, Web 2.0

EasySwitch

“Quick and simple switch access”

To support their HelpKidzLearn website and the new generation of online apps and software, signalled by the launch of Choose IT Maker3, Inclusive Technology have put together a neat switch package to get started with the simple switching required of these sites.

The pack is called EasySwitch and comprises two wireless IT Switches (normally £55 each) and a USB dongle to enable connection to the computer.2003-191212114753-846615794The package price of just £99 makes this an attractive buy and the easy set-up instructions take away any time-consuming fiddling.

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Well done Inclusive Technology.