CALL Scotland: Our Services for Learners with Additional Support Needs
CALL Scotland is part of The University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education, located just off the Royal Mile. We have been working with Scottish Book Trust for a few years, initially to provide accessible, electronic versions of shortlisted books for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, then moving on to also provide symbolised resources for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize (see the recent blog by my colleague, Joanna).
What does CALL do?
Most of CALL’s funding comes from the Scottish Government, or from local authorities, and our work usually comes under one of these headings:
- Assessment and support for pupils with communication difficulties
- Information and advice
- Professional learning for teachers and others working with learners with communication difficulties
- Loans of equipment and technical support
- Research and Development
- Strategic leadership in partnership with the Scottish Government, local authorities, Scottish Qualifications Authority and others
Further information about what we do is available from the main CALL web site.
Assessment and Support
Information and Advice
We respond to over 500 requests for information every year. Some enquiries are straightforward, e.g. where to get a piece of equipmentl. Others seem simple, but are actually complicated, e.g. how technology can help a child with dyslexia – every child is different and what works for one child won’t necessarily help another. Our web site has an Information Section where we try to answer common questions. It is also possible to arrange a free consultation session to explore technology in greater depth.
Loans and Technical Services
We work in collaboration with key partners to develop and deliver effective policy and good practice in the use of assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for pupils with additional support needs (ASN) and disabilities throughout Scotland. Partners include the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, local authorities, Education Scotland, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland, Scottish Book Trust and others.
Research and Development
CALL Scotland will be blogging more for us in the coming weeks about the Books For All Database and best practice in supporting pupils with communication difficulties. Click on the additional support needs blog tag to find CALL's previous blog post, plus a range of other posts about additional support needs.