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Published on June 17, 2007

Author: Alfanso

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WordTalk: Enabling Access to Curriculum Resources for Students with Additional Support Needs:  WordTalk: Enabling Access to Curriculum Resources for Students with Additional Support Needs Legislation & policy: education:  Legislation andamp; policy: education Relevant to education: ICT andamp; SEN a) Data Protection Act 1998 b) Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 c) Disability Discrimination Act 1995 d) Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 e) Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 f) Education (Scotland) Act 1980 g) Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Educational Records) (Scotland) Act 2002 h) Additional Support for Learning (Scotland) Act 2004 i) 5-14 Assessment andamp; Testing j) National Priorities in Education SEED GUIDANCE ON PREPARING ACCESSIBILITY STRATEGIES:  SEED GUIDANCE ON PREPARING ACCESSIBILITY STRATEGIES 'This guidance advises on: the legal position and coverage of this planning duty; the three strands which accessibility strategies must cover; the main processes local authorities and non-local authority schools should consider in preparing accessibility strategies.' http://www.scotland.gov.uk/publications The Three Duties (p15):  The Three Duties (p15) Access to the physical environment of schools Access to the curriculum Improving communication and the delivery of school information Improving communication and the delivery of school information:  Improving communication and the delivery of school information 62. 'The third duty requires responsible bodies to improve communication with pupils with disabilities. Responsible bodies should take steps to improve how these pupils can give their views on any issue about which they have an interest, gather in those views and consider them. Consideration should be given to whether class work or homework could be given in alternative forms and, also, consider how any homework, or other work pupils do in alternative forms, can best be marked/commented on by school staff. Pupils’ communication with teaching and auxiliary staff as part of their learning should also be considered under the 'access to the curriculum' duty.' Improving communication and the delivery of school information:  Improving communication and the delivery of school information 64. 'In particular, this communication duty covers the delivery of information normally provided to pupils in writing. This ‘school information’ includes any information given to pupils by the school, such as: handouts and worksheets, textbooks, timetables, handbooks, test and examination papers, posters around the school, information about school events. Responsible bodies should ensure that any information that is important to enable pupils to learn or to be able to participate in school activities can be provided in an alternative form if the pupil may have difficulty reading information provided in standard written form.' Improving communication and the delivery of school information:  Improving communication and the delivery of school information 65. 'Information may need to be provided in alternative forms, such as: providing information orally (for example, to ensure that a pupil has understood information provided on posters or in their timetable), in Braille, in large print, in audio formats, through ICT, through sign language (either on video or by using appropriately qualified teachers or auxiliary staff) or through a recognised symbol system (such as Makaton). The responsible body should ensure that this information is provided within a reasonable time so that it does not place pupils with disabilities at a disadvantage in relation to other pupils. Therefore, demands would have to be anticipated in advance and school staff would need make sure that any materials to be provided in alternative forms, such as Braille, large print, audio tape, video signing and electronic files were provided for translation well in advance of the time when they will be needed.' Making resources accessible:  Making resources accessible Get electronic texts, scan paper resources into computer, download MP3 files View/read electronic resources Write/record work using specialist software: Spellcheckers Word prediction Word banks Speech recognition Study tools Make resources and access software available throughout school network WordTalk:  WordTalk MS Word for Windows ‘template’ developed by Rod Macaulay Simple toolbar access to text-to-speech Talking spellchecker and thesaurus Small and easy to install and network Uses SAPI 5 voices Free distribution, funded by SEED Talking Word processors:  Talking Word processors TextEase, Talking word processor / DTP program with word banks, clip art, sound Clicker 4/5, £90, Popular program for creating accessible resources; on-screen grids Read / Write:Outloud Talking word processors / study tools Text Readers for Word:  Text Readers for Word TextHelp Read and Write, £140 Integrated speech output for Word, Internet, PDF; also has word prediction, spellchecker WordRead, £59 Simple talking toolbar for Word and other programs Max’s ToolBox, £4.75 single one year Adds speech output and simplified toolbar to Word Text Readers for internet or anything:  Text Readers for internet or anything TextHelp Read and Write, £140 Integrated speech output for Word, Internet, PDF; also has word prediction, spellchecker. ScreenReader 4, £30, www.texthelp.com Simple, easy, good voices, ClaroRead, £119 Text reader with word prediction and other tools Penfriend XP, £60, www.penfriend.co.uk Basic reader, word predictor TextAloud MP3, 21 euros, www.nextup.com Basic reader, saves as audio files Universal Reader, £17.99, Millfield Books Basic reader, comes with (US) ATandamp;T voices IE Page Reader Bar, £14, www.text-reader.com/ Reads with Internet Explorer only Accessible Digital Curriculum Resources:  Accessible Digital Curriculum Resources Talking books MacBeth, Hound of the Baskervilles, Macbeth, The Twits, Harry Potter Textbooks Ally Fraser, Ginn, Battle of Hastings Worksheets Twits, Harry Potter, Writing Frames, Andy Darvill’s JavaLavaPower The Twits, scanned into Word with FineReader, read with WordTalk:  The Twits, scanned into Word with FineReader, read with WordTalk Choose to read the whole document, or a paragraph, sentence or word. Then click on the text to have it read out. Writing Frames – MS Word:  Writing Frames – MS Word Writing Frame – Argument I think that because The reasons for my thinking this are, firstly so Another reason is Moreover because These (facts / arguments / ideas) show that Writing Frame – Explanation I want to explain why There are several reasons for this. The chief reason is Another reason is A further reason is So now you can see why Writing Frame – Book Report Introduction The author’s main themes were I thought the book was Synopsis The book was set in The main characters were The main points in the book were Analysis The writer wrote the book because I thought the book was MS Word Worksheets:  MS Word Worksheets eBooks and digital resources:  eBooks and digital resources University of Virginia eBook library; http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/ebooks/ (free) Project Gutenberg www.gutenberg.org/ (free) Bookshare.org www.bookshare.org/ (some free) Amazon; www.amazon.co.uk (cost) Stories from the Web www.storiesfromtheweb.org/ MAPE www.mape.org.uk/activities/bigbooks/ http://www.newi.ac.uk/englishresources/ http://www.firstschoolyears.com/ BBC, BECTa, NGfL, LTS …. MP3 & audio books:  MP3 andamp; audio books Audio Books for Free; (and for money!) www.audiobooksforfree.com/ Project Gutenberg; (free MP3 books) www.gutenberg.org/ Literalbooks.org; literalsystems.org/audio/doku.php (free MP3 recordings) Bookshare.org; www.bookshare.org/ (Daisy books) BBC Radio MP3 downloads Text Readers:  Text Readers For D&G secondary texts in Word…:  For Dandamp;G secondary texts in Word… Text readers for Word: WordTalk, free Adds speech output and talking spellchecker to Word; free TextHelp Read and Write, £140 Integrated speech output for Word, Internet, PDF; also has word prediction, spellchecker. Max’s ToolBox, £4.75 single one year Adds speech output and simplified toolbar to Word For internet or anything…:  For internet or anything… TextHelp Read and Write, £140 Integrated speech output for Word, Internet, PDF; also has word prediction, spellchecker. ScreenReader 4, £30, www.texthelp.com Simple, easy, good voices, Penfriend XP, £60, www.penfriend.co.uk Basic reader, word predictor TextAloud MP3, 21 euros, www.nextup.com Basic reader, saves as audio files Universal Reader, £17.99, Millfield Books Basic reader, comes with (US) ATandamp;T voices IE Page Reader Bar, £14, www.text-reader.com/ Reads with Internet Explorer only Scanning paper materials:  Scanning paper materials Kurzweil 3000 + Excellent fidelity; very easy to use; speech, spellchecker, word prediction and study tools; network version - Cost: £725 colour scan, £500 mono scan, £175 read only; saves files in Kurzweil format TextHelp Gold/Wordsmith + Scans into Word or Explorer; easy to use, speech, spellchecker, word prediction and study tools; network version - Cost £320/£265; Poorer fidelity than Kurzweil Standard OCR (Textbridge, FineReader, OmniPage) + Low cost (£50-£100); scans into Word/Internet Explorer; network versions - Poorer fidelity; requires other programs for speech etc Standard Grade English paper scanned into Kurzweil 3000:  Standard Grade English paper scanned into Kurzweil 3000 Standard OCR Programs:  Standard OCR Programs Textbridge, FineReader, OmniPage Low cost; £40 to £90 Scan direct into Word/Internet Explorer Scan and copy into Talking Word Processors (e.g. TextEase, Clicker, Writing with Symbols, Write:Outloud Scan and save in common formats; DOC, HTML, PDF Image is less faithful than Kurzweil Requires other programs for speech etc Standard Grade English paper scanned with Textbridge into Word. Speech output with TextHelp ScreenReader.:  Standard Grade English paper scanned with Textbridge into Word. Speech output with TextHelp ScreenReader. Copyright:  Copyright The Copyright Licensing Agency has guidelines on Copyright and to allow books to be made more accessible for people with Visual Impairment or those 'who are otherwise physically unable to use published formats'. Provided that a person with a visual impairment owns a copy of it, then it is possible to transcribe the book into a more accessible format without seeking special permission. This means that, provided a copy of the book is owned, it is possible for a school to produce an enlarged version, or to scan pictures and text into a computer to create a talking book for a pupil. Further details are available from the Copyright Licensing Agency web site: http://www.cla.co.uk/copyrightvillage/vpguidelines.pdf Exam from SQA in PDF, adapted with form fields for answers, and ‘speech enabled’ with PDFAloud:  PDFAloud speech tools Form fields for answers Sentence being read and each word highlighted Exam from SQA in PDF, adapted with form fields for answers, and ‘speech enabled’ with PDFAloud

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