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Books for All from the learners' perspective Staff and learners talk about why books in accessible formats are so important to them.
Introduction to Books for All Paul Nisbet and Stuart Aitken introduce Books for All.
Finding commercial eBooks Paul Nisbet demonstrates finding commercial eBooks from, in this case, Amazon. Commercial eBooks may be accessible for learners with visual impairment, physical disability or dyslexia.
Finding books in Braille Stuart Aitken shows how to find books in Braille from RNIB via the Books for All web site.
Finding audio books Stuart Aitken on finding free and commercial audio books and audio books from libraries for learners with visual impairment or dyslexia.
Finding textbooks in PDF Stuart Aitken shows how to get a PDF version of a textbook from CALL Scotland, for a pupil with physical disability.
Using commercial eBooks Paul Nisbet demonstrates how to access and read a commercial eBook on a computer, iPad or Kindle.
Using PDF books Paul Nisbet looks at using Adobe Reader to read novels and textbooks, including changing the font size and colours, using switches to turn pages, reading the text with text-to-speech, and using Adobe Reader study tools.
Using Microsoft Word to access resources Paul Nisbet demonstrates useful tools in Word for helping print-disabled readers to access materials, such as changing fonts and colours, the Reading and Web layout, text-to-speech with WordTalk, and recording answers with Voice Notes.
Using interactive PDF worksheets and assessment materials Stuart Aitken shows us how to access interactive PDF resources. A maths Curriculum for Excellence diagnostic assessment from TeeJay can be completed using an on-screen keyboard, and an SQA digital exam paper can be read out by the computer and completed on screen.
Using SQA Digital Question Papers Learners talk about why they are using digital versions of SQA examination question papers.
Making audio books Paul Nisbet demonstrates how to make an audio book using the free Audacity recording software and also how to convert text into audio with the computer's voice.
Making 'Intermediate' Files: finding text A Books for All Intermediate File is a document with structure which can be easily converted into different accessible formats. In this clip Paul finds a free text version of Jekyll and Hyde from Project Gutenberg and opens it in Word ready to be made into an Intermediate file.
Making 'Intermediate' Files: improving accessibility The first stage in making an Intermediate File involves tidying up the formatting.
Making 'Intermediate' Files: adding structure The second stage of the process involves adding structure (chapter headings) by using the Word heading styles.
Scanning books 1: scanning to PDF In this clip Paul Nisbet demonstrates how to scan a colour textbook with Adobe Acrobat Pro, to make a digital version that looks like the original paper copy.
Scanning books 2: scanning and editing the text Here we scan a book into a word processor, so that we can then edit the text in order to create, for example, a Large Print version.
Adapting PDFs from publisher 1: combining files Some publishers can provide you with digital files of the textbook. In this clip Paul Nisbet shows how to combine separate files into a single PDF textbook and add bookmarks for structure.
Adapting PDFs from publishers 2: improving accessibility Some files need the pages cropped. Paul Nisbet demonstrates how this is done, and how the essential copyright statement can be added.
Adapting PDFs from publishers 3: security and access settings To enable access by text-to-speech tools, and to allow pupils to use commenting and study tools, we set the security and access settings of the PDF.