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Apps in my Pocket

Apps in My Pocket is a UK-based app studio dedicated to educational apps for young children founded in 2008. Their apps are actively used in over 1500 schools across the US, UK, Australia, Canada and beyond.

PocketPhonics Stories was rated by Balefire Labs in the top ten of educational apps you could buy out of the 5000 they reviewed.

John Friend heads up Apps in My Pocket. He developed his first app for a mobile device in 1991. In 1997, he ran the team that developed the first website to manage your investment account online in the UK.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Apps in my Pocket' website

Assistive Solutions

WordQ is a simple but brilliantly designed writing solution that improves with you, regardless of your age or writing ability. It is an easy-to-use tool that provides Word Prediction and Spoken FeedbackSpeakQ add-on takes everything you love about WordQ and adds Voice Recognition. The package is designed for those who can type but have trouble with writing and spelling. 

“One of the simplest, most useful and least expensive options available.” PC Magazine

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Assistive Solutions' website

Claro Software

Claro Software develops Assistive Technology, software for people with disabilities. We support people with print and reading difficulties like dyslexia, vision problems, and communication difficulties like autism and aphasia.

We are experts in accessibility, speech synthesis, word prediction, spellchecking and switch access, and combine them to make innovative, easy-to-use products on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OSX, Android, iPad and iPhone, and on the Web.

Venues: Edinburgh only       Further information: 'Claro Software' website

Concept Northern

Concept Northern specialise in supporting people with disabilities and learning difficulties in employment, education and privately. We have helped thousands of individuals including DSA Students, Access to Work clients and many institutions and organisations.

We strive to treat each client as an individual ensuring we meet their needs and circumstances.

By working closely with Assessors, Educational Psychologists and HR and Managerial Staff we provide people with the technology, skills and confidence to be more productive and happier in the workplace, education and at home.

Our Key Skills Include:

Assistive Technology Assessments, Assistive Technology Training, Keeping ahead of new technology

Coaching, Mentoring, Disability Awareness Training

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Concept Northern' website

Crick Software

At Crick, we believe that every child should be given the tools to be able to access the curriculum and to realise their potential.

Our award-winning reading and writing software and apps are widely used to support pupils with dyslexia, learning difficulties, speech or language impairments, physical disabilities and other special needs.

More than 50% of primary schools in Scotland use Clicker and the latest version, Clicker 7, is the most accessible, user-friendly and customisable version to date!

Our range of Apps for iPad includes Clicker Communicator - the child-friendly classroom communication aid and we also have a range of literacy support Apps for both iPad and Chromebook.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Crick Software' website

Dad In A Shed

Dad In A Shed are the UK’s leading supplier of affordable AAC and SEN Equipment. They specialise in iPad and Android Tablet bundles, with preinstalled AAC apps. Dad In A Shed are also independent developers of their own range of software for Home Automation, AAC with Articuloud, as well as a range of accessible hardware. Dad In A Shed also works with other independent and small scale suppliers across Europe, to bring affordable and accessible technology to the market. Dad In A Shed will be attending both days of the CALL roadshow and will be exhibiting and demonstrating their kit.   

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Dad In A Shed' website

Doorway Online

Our site,, Doorway Online hosts a range of cost-free software learning activities. They cover early literacy, spelling, number, time, money, typing and early skills.

Activities have range of accessibility options and are ideal for IWBs. Also they work with iPads and Android tablet that have Puffin Browser installed.

Our site hosts a whole-school spelling scheme;  a complete touch typing tutor aimed at visually impaired learners; and also a typing method that guides single handed users, left or right, to be efficient typists.

At ASL & Technology we are presenting a range of activities based on the choice of those present and also  the Doorway Talking Computer materials (formerly Bordertalk). These  files are a whole set of phonics materials aimed at learners struggling to develop efficient reading and spelling strategies. They are best used with a talking word processor such as MS Word with Wordtalk or Clicker.

Venues: Edinburgh only       Further information: 'Doorway Online' website


We offer independent and impartial advice and information through our:

  • telephone helpline – 0345 123 2303
  • range of publications including The parents’ guide to additional support for learning
  • online enquiry service –
  • website for parents, carers and practitioners –
  • website for children and young people -

We can help anybody with a question about additional support for leaving so whether you’re a mum, dad, grandparent, foster carer, new teacher, speech and language therapist, youth worker, or pupil we can help.

Venues: Edinburgh only       Further information: 'Enquire' website


iansyst has over 30 years’ experience in working with schools, colleges and universities to provide IT solutions, assistive technology, consultancy and support. We source the highest quality special educational needs software and technology to assist students with learning difficulties, physical or sensory impairments. One of our key aims is to see that anyone who needs assistive technology has access to it, as we know what a difference it can make.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'IANSYST' website


Education can be a tough environment for pupils and students with hearing aids, cochlear implants and of hearing. 

Radio Aids are being used widely in education to transmit the teacher, tutor or lecturers speech in rooms with poor acoustics, over background noise and distance directly to pupils or students wearing Receivers. This clarity helps to improve speech understanding and enhances listening and learning. 

We will have with us the latest digital radio aids, a range of transmitting microphones and receivers, from the major manufacturers, including Phonak. Radio Aids are also being used in education to assist people with Audio Processing Disorder, attention issues and Dyslexia. 

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'iHear' website

Inclusive Technology

At Inclusive Technology we aim to provide the very best special educational needs software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids, eye gaze and assistive technology for learners with a physical disability, sensory impairment or learning difficulty. Our customers work largely in Special Education and Inclusive Technology’s mission is to meet their changing needs. Recently these have included enhanced access to iPads and other tablets; online subscription services like HelpKidzLearn or ChooseIt Maker 3 and eye gaze technology and analysis for learners with severe and profound learning difficulties.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Inclusive Technology' website

Inspiration Software

Leader in Visual Thinking and Learning
Recognised as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.'s award-winning technology tools are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students and teachers think, learn, brainstorm, analyse and write. The company’s visual learning tools are used by more than 25 million people worldwide and are revolutionising visual thinking and learning in education. Inspiration®, Inspiration® Maps, Kidspiration® and Kidspiration®  Maps inspire students and creative thinkers to develop strong thinking and organisational skills, improve their academic performance and tap the power of visual thinking.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Inspiration Software' website


LexAble is a dynamic software company based in Cardiff. They will be demonstrating their product Global AutoCorrect: a discreet tool that automatically corrects spelling mistakes and typos in real time. It works straight out of the box, in every program, instantly correcting millions of misspellings. It now has over 130 specialist dictionaries installed, covering many subjects from Medical to Maths, Geography to Geology, Law to Landscape garden design, and Physics to Philosophy. You can even add your own corrections! The beauty of the software is that it allows you to focus on the content of your writing, then work on your spelling in your own time. There is a Windows and Mac version available.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Lexable' website


Nessy has been making fun, educational software since 1999. Our programs are now in use in thousands of schools worldwide.

Nessy programs are designed to address the specific difficulties caused by dyslexia and have proven to be effective for children of all abilities. You can use Nessy on multiple devices at school and at home. Our products range from dyslexia screening to touch typing. We have also developed a series of fun and engaging apps for both IOS and Android devices.

Further information can be found at or visit our stand to find out more!

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Nessy' website

Pass IT On

Pass IT On is a charity which adapts donated computers for people with disabilities who live in the EH (Edinburgh and Lothians) post code area. Clients can be of any age - the only requirement is that it would be difficult or impossible for them to use publicly available computers (eg in the library). 

Venues: Edinburgh only       Further information: 'Pass IT On' website


Prowise touchscreens make learning interactive, collaborative, engaging, and fun. Combine with a Prowise lift and PC-module and enjoy the ultimate mobile collaboration solution. See our screen transform from upright to table mode at the touch of a button.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Prowise' website

Scanning Pens


Scanning Pens Ltd provide reading aids for those with Special Educational Needs / SpLD as well as those wishing to improve their literacy. 

The C-Pen Reader Pen is a stand-alone digital pen that works in English & Spanish. The device has four main features: text reading using a high quality natural speaking voice, a Collins English dictionary, an English to Spanish/ Spanish to English Oxford dictionary and capturing text remotely to file or directly to a cursor point on any computer. Simply select your application, scan, and enjoy the benefits!

The C-Pen Exam Reader has been approved for use in exams by many leading exam boards, including the JCQ. The Exam Reader allows students with reading difficulties to scan the exam questions themselves so that they can hear the text being read aloud. The sound is heard via headphones, allowing them to be situated in the main exam hall. Full access arrangements available on the website.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Scanning Pens' website

Scottish Sensory Centre

For everyone who is involved in the education of deaf children, deafblind children and visually impaired children and young people, the young people themselves and their families.

Venues: Edinburgh only       Further information: 'Scottish Sensory Centre' website

Sight and Sound

Sight and Sound Technology Ltd are the UK’s leading provider of hardware and software to the blind, visually impaired and those with learning/reading difficulties.  We work in unison with private individuals, charitable organisations, educational establishments and commercial enterprises.

A commitment to continual product refinement and innovation means that our products are simple to set up and easy-to-use.

Providing our customers with responsive training/support.  We work in conjunction with our customers/suppliers to ensure that their experiences are factored into products that we develop in combination with our partners, the leading companies in this industry. 

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Sight and Sound' website


Smartbox creates assistive technology to help children and adults with disabilities communicate and live independently; enabling people to be who they are.

We combine the latest tablet computer technology with the very best alternative access and software for eye gaze, switch, touch and pointing devices. 

Our solutions are used all over the world and include the Grid Pad range of communication aids powered by Grid 3, the next generation of software for symbol and text communication. Grid 3 supports thousands of people in their day-to-day lives at home, school and work.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Smartbox' website


Sonocent develops software that enables students to achieve more. Their tools combine audio, colour highlighting, text, images and presentation slides all into a single workspace, enabling students to utilize multiple input modalities when learning. Sonocent’s software visualises speech from audio recordings, making audio as easy to access and manipulate as text. Their software can be used to help learners take notes in the classroom, practise oral language skills or aid struggling writers. Their software has already tens of thousands of students.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Sonocent' website


Speaks4me® is an Electronic Communication Book and Voice Output Communication Aid that was initially created for the founder’s young son Callum, who suffers from severe autism and cannot speak.

Speaks4me® is easy to learn and use - simply “drag & drop” the required picture image (from the main page to the “virtual” sentence strip) to create a single or multiple word message, then press the “Speak” button and Speaks4me® will speak the words.

As Speaks4me® is similar to the widely used physical Communication Books, it will be easily recognisable to children or adults familiar with Communication Books and will allow seamless transition and progression.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Speaks4Me' website

Talking Mats

Talking Mats is a social enterprise whose vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them. The tool is now being used widely with people of all ages and abilities across the world.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Talking Mats' website


At Texthelp, we know there’s a whole world of avid readers and fluent writers out there waiting for the right support. Our assistive learning solutions help people of all ages achieve their potential by understanding, reading, writing and communicating with greater ease and confidence. Our products are great for people with learning difficulties, dyslexia or visual impairments, English Language Learners (ELL) and those learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Texthelp' website

Tobii Dynavox

Tobii Dynavox is the global leader and pioneer in touch and eye tracking based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and developer of the well known and loved Boardmaker family of software. Our 100% focus and commitment to customers helps to empower and enable them to realise more successful and meaningful communication. Tobii Dynavox was formed in 2014 when Tobii Assistive Technology (founded in 2001) merged with Dynavox Systems (founded in 1983) creating the world leader in devices, software and tools for alternative communication giving thousands of people in need around the world the ability to communicate despite any limitations.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Tobii Dynavox' website


Widgit have pioneered the use of symbols in learning and communication for over 30 years and our software is used around the world to create symbol-supported materials in print, onscreen and online.

There are many situations where people have difficulty communicating, but do not have an established alternative communication system. Widgit Symbols, with their clear schematic structure, create solutions to make the world a fairer and more inclusive place for children, young people and adults who have difficulty accessing text, by developing a symbols set covering 45,000 words. This enables people to “translate” written text by combining it with symbols.

Venues: Edinburgh and Clydebank       Further information: 'Widgit' website