CALL Scotland

University of Edinburgh, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road
Tel: 0131 651 6235/6236
Fax: 0131 651 6234
Contact: CALL Scotland
Email: [email protected]


Area covered

Population served
0-19 years

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.x

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

Referral process
Through schools and Education Authorities.