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CALL Scotland

University of Edinburgh, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road
Edinburgh
EH8 8AQ
Tel:  
0131 651 6235/6236
Fax:  
0131 651 6234
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Service
Area covered 

Scotland

Population served 

0-19 years

Scale 

Approximate 40 new referrals per year; current caseload 165. Some learners are referred for reasons other than AAC, e.g. computer access, dyslexia, etc, and so AAC clients number around 80.

Services provided 
  • Assistive Technology and AAC Assessment, and ongoing support
  • Loan of equipment for trial
  • Training, seminars, webinars and conferences
  • Information and advice
  • Publications and resources
  • Research
  • Free high quality Scottish and Gaelic computer voices for AAC
  • Books for All Database of books in accessible formats.
  • Websites:
    - CALL Scotland – main CALL site
    - AAC Scotland – AAC resources and online learning
    - Books for All – accessible digital learning materials
    - Adapted Digital Assessments – technology in assessment and examinations
    - Personal Communication Passports - Person-centred booklets for those who cannot easily speak for themselves.
    - Scottish Voices – free Scottish voices for the public sector
    - WordTalk – free text reader.
Staffing 

10 members of staff (8.3 FTE) comprising:
- 2 x Specialist Speech and Language Therapists
- 1 x Engineer/Educational Technologist
- 1 x Teacher (Additional Support Needs)
- 1 x Teacher (Complex Additional Support Needs)
- 1 x Assistive Technologist
- 1 x Information Coordinator
- 1 x Technology Support Officer / web developer
- 1 x Administrator
- 1 x Senior Secretary/Resource Developer

Funded by 

Jointly funded:
- Scottish Government
- Local Authorities
- Research/Project Grants
- Consultancy
- Income from Training
- Publications, etc.

Permanent or project 

Neither. Ongoing service, but on temporary (1 or 2 year) funding.

Year set up 

1983

Referral process 

Through schools and Education Authorities.