eBooks and Digital Learning
Many learners, including some autistic learners, can benefit from learning resources in alternative formats. For example:
- Students who have a physical difficulty with holding books or turning pages can access materials in a digital format on the computer or device
- Students with visual impairment, specific learning difficulties, dyslexia, or reading difficulties can read material if it is printed in a larger or different font, on coloured paper, or displayed on computer. Learners with reading difficulties can also have the text read out by the computer or by listening to audio books
- Students with learning difficulties may benefit from simplified language, books printed in a simpler font or layout, or from books with symbols, or from audio books
- Students with hearing impairment may need simplified language, audio books or multimedia resources with signed video.
CALL Scotland provides a Books for All Scotland Database which is a free resource for Scottish teachers. You will need a Glow or Scran account to download books. It has a range of books, mostly PDF files, including Large Print titles. You can get PDFs of Hodder Gibson, BrightRed and TeeJay books.
Load2Learn is a free database managed by RNIB and Dyslexia Action. It has a variety of formats including PDF, Word and eBook files. Most of the UK academic publishers are providing PDFs of their textbooks to Load2Learn.
The Seeing Ear
The Seeing Ear is a charity with a free online library, mainly of novels and reading books in text and Word format.
For pupils with disabilities or Additional Support Needs (ASN), which includes autism and who have difficulty using the ordinary exam papers or assessments. Answers and responses can be typed on a computer or iPad. Further information on the SQA assessment arrangements can be found in section the Supporting Learners and Families section.
CALL Scotland have a number of other useful websites to support digital learning and AAC including: