Blog: Tips on accessing the Bible

I’m dyslexic, which makes taking in what I read a challenge for me.  So to help myself take in Bible content, I use various resources and techniques.  Here are some of those resources and techniques:      Creating my own illustrated text versions of Bible passages using images from http://www.freebibleimages.org and text from Bible Gateway https://www.biblegateway.com/passage Engaging with the Bible with others, e.g. by contributing to the collaborative retelling of a Bible story. Gaining the gist of a passage before reading it, e.g. by looking at it in a children’s book such as The Lion Storyteller Book of Parables, or a
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News: New hearing protocols launched in Glasgow

New hearing protocols launched in Glasgow Hearing Link was delighted to be invited along to the launch of new protocols for better access to meetings and events for people with hearing loss recently. Our volunteer May Wood (pictured) and staff member Alison Coyle attended the Ideas for Ears event hosted by Volunteer Scotland in their CommUnity Bubble Tent at Go Live at Glasgow Green. The event marked the launch of the Hearing Access Protocol produced by Ideas for Ears and supported by deafscotland. Meeting and events are stressful and frustrating for people with hearing loss. Common issues such as poor
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News: The National Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Core Pathway

The pathway is relevant to all people who would benefit from using communication equipment, regardless of age, diagnosis or location. It encompasses both low and high tech communication equipment, as described in the guidance document. This pathway is intended as a reference guide for Health Boards and all services who in partnership across Health, Education, Social Care and third sector deliver the provision of communication equipment and support in using that equipment. Local services will have their own local AAC pathway. This pathway outlines the core elements that a person who uses communication equipment and support will experience and allows
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News: Sign Language Interactions

Access to Sign Language Interpreting Video Relay Service for Deafblind Sign Language Users. ContactSCOTLAND-BSL, Scotland’s only nationally funded online British Sign Language/English interpreting video relay service (VRS), delivered by Sign Language Interactions on behalf of the Scottish Government, is proud to announce the service can now be accessed by deafblind BSL users. Deaf BSL users have been using contactSCOTLAND-BSL to contact any of the 140+ public bodies or any of the 1,000’s of Scotland’s third sector organisations by calling through a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet or desktop computer, signing via the camera to the online BSL/English
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Free Getting It Right For Every Child Training for the Deaf Community

The ALLIANCE and SCOD are co-hosting a free GIRFEC training event aimed at parents and carers of the deaf and hard of hearing community. The Getting to Know Getting it Right for Every Child Team are pleased to announce a training session for parents and carers in the deaf community in Scotland. This workshop will take place on Saturday the 21st April from 10am (for 10.30am start) – 2.30pm at the Sense Scotland offices in Glasgow. BSL Interpreters and electronic note takers will be at the workshop. This workshop is aimed at parents and carers of children and young people in the
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AAC Methods

Background People who participate in Sense Scotland support and services have communication support needs due to a combination of: learning and physical disabilities sensory impairment including deafblindness autism complex health care needs mental health needs The Sense Scotland Service Users Consultation Group began meeting in 2004 with a small group of people supported by Sense Scotland. In 2014 it celebrated its tenth year anniversary and re-launched with a new name “Our Voice”, new logo and website. Today there are several regional Our Voice meetings in Aberdeen, Dundee, and Glasgow and recently in North Ayrshire. Our Voice asks people who are
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Skills Development Scotland – Modern Apprenticeships

Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeships (MA) are all about learning while you work – and earning at the same time. At its core, a Modern Apprenticeship is a job like any other. But as well as getting paid, apprentices gain loads of practical work experience as part of a highly structured training programme. At the same time, they work towards a qualification that will really boost their careers. Now there’s a brand new apprenticeship for pupils moving into S5 who want to get a head-start in their career. A Foundation Apprenticeship takes two years to complete, and during this time students spend
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Aspire Consultancy

Established in 1999, Aspire Consultancy is a specialist supplier of assistive technology for vision impairment, dyslexia and voice input solutions with a reputation for providing a high quality advice and training service. Based in York, Aspire Consultancy serve corporate, educational and private clients across the UK. Telephone Training: Aspire now provides telephone training on all major access software systems over the telephone. Price: £25 per hour or 5 sessions for £100. For more information, please visit: http://www.aspire-consultancy.co.uk/
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Making written web content accessible using text readers

By Aurora Betony Following ‘Writing for a Dyslexic Audience’, I’ve written a couple of guides on text readers. Text readers are software programs that read written text out loud.  They are also known as ‘Text-to-speech technology’ or TTS.  Some of the programs can do other things too, like customise the appearance of the text or make audio recordings.  So they are very useful for anyone who finds reading difficult. Text readers can either be built into websites / blogs or downloaded onto a device or USB stick.  So if you want to make your website or blog more dyslexia-friendly, you
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Dyslexia Alert Cards by Aurora Betony

Dyslexia Alert Cards By Aurora Betony Dyslexia Scotland is piloting the Dyslexia Alert Card shown below I think it will: help dyslexic people to ask for the help they need help dyslexic people and others communicate successfully with each other raise dyslexia awareness What does the card say on it? that you have dyslexia some things you might need help with that the person reading it should ask you how to help you details of Dyslexia Scotland’s helpline and website. How I use the card The card is the size of a credit card so I carry it around with me
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