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Ability World

Ability World are manufacturers and suppliers of leading assistive products for augmentative & alternative communication (AAC), access and learning support.

Our products include our own ‘no-tech’ and other popular ‘low-tech’ aids:

No-tech - Communication / choice boards, communication books and folders, switch mounts and other learning resources, e.g.:

  • Tri-fold Communication / Choice / Literacy boards – our popular 'Abilityboards' are used in schools, colleges, care homes and many other situations, for communication, literacy, choice and learning support. They are available in A4, A3 and A2 sizes.
  • Communication / Choice Books, Binders and Folders – available in A5+, A4+ or A3 sizes, with a wide range of solid colour or patterned outer covers and fabric or plastic pocket pages
  • Portable Communication Books / Fabric Schedules / Waist Communicators / Wrist Communication Aid in various different styles
  • Communication Easel – lightweight, yet robust desktop ring-binder easels, with Grip Feet to prevent slipping and carry handles for easy portability.
  • TechPad, Wedge and Wedge Vari-angle Switch and iPad/Tablet Mounts
  • iPad and tablet carry bags
  • Objects of Reference Door Markers
  • Choice Kit for use with individuals experiencing learning difficulties

Low-tech - Communication aids, access switches, adapted toys and other assistive technology:

  • AbleNet single and multi-message communication aids
  • GoTalk communicators
  • Megabee, Frenchay Alphabet Board and various other 'low tech' AAC devices at highly competitive prices.
  • SimplyWorks range of wireless switches, joysticks, trackballs and communication aids
  • Time Timers and other learning resources

Venues: Edinburgh and Aberdeen       Further information: 'Ability World' 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 and Aberdeen       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 Aberdeen       Further information: 'Concept Northern' website

Crick Software

Crick Software produces award-winning reading and writing software for children of all ages and abilities. Its products are widely used to support pupils with dyslexia, learning difficulties, speech or language impairments, physical disabilities and other special needs.


The company's best-known product is Clicker, which is currently used in thousands of UK primary schools. The latest version, Clicker 7, builds on the success of its predecessors and makes it easier than ever before for teachers to provide personalised literacy support across the curriculum - from planning, to writing, to proofing.


DocsPlus is Crick's exciting new exam-friendly word processor for struggling writers in secondary school and Further Education. DocsPlus’ support features include speech feedback, word prediction, subject-specific writing frames and word banks, and a mind-map creator.

Using iPads? Crick’s exciting range of Clicker Apps includes Clicker Communicator - the child-friendly classroom communication aid.

Crick will also be showcasing brand new apps for Chromebook!

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

Doorway Online

Doorway Online - – a Teacher's Toolbox

Our site hosts a range of cost-free, software activities covering early literacy, number, money and time; also available on CD. It includes a whole-school spelling scheme and  typing tutors specifically designed for visual impaired and single handed users. Our activities have range of accessibility options and are ideal for IWBs, and eye gaze technology. They also work on tablet computers with Puffin Browser installed.


Doorway Online aims to provide a teacher's toolkit for the multi-platform environment of schools and homes. Learn more about what we have achieved and our plans.

Venues: Edinburgh and Aberdeen       Further information: 'Doorway Online' website


Enquire provides advice and information about additional support for learning to parents, carers, professionals, children and young people.


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


We offer:


  • 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 -

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 Aberdeen       Further information: 'IANSYST' website


IDL provides an individually tailored, unique, specialist dyslexia intervention programme. IDL uses sight, sound, touch, and voice to improve reading and spelling. Links are made between the visual, auditory and tactile pathways. Students see and hear the words, type and repeat, then read aloud and listen back to their own voice. Students can work independently, allowing for larger intervention groups and can work on IDL from any location. Reading and spelling ages rise, on average, by 11 months after 26 hours. One of the most notable improvements is with students’ self-confidence, as their new skills are also transferred to other areas of school life.

Venues: Edinburgh and Aberdeen       Further information: 'IDL' 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 Aberdeen       Further information: 'iHear' website

Inclusive Technology

Inclusive Technology is a leading supplier of software and hardware for people with special needs. We dedicate ourselves to providing pioneering assistive technology to our customers worldwide and this enables us to deliver the very best in special educational needs software and assistive technology for learners with a physical disability, sensory impairment or learning difficulty. From ground breaking eye gaze and communication technology through to switch access, mounting solutions, sensory technology and environmental control, we provide a full range of innovative products to enable our customers to communicate, learn and play. Recent additions have included enhanced access to iPads and other tablets; our online subscription services HelpKidzLearn and ChooseIt Maker 3 and eye gaze technology analysis for learners with severe and profound learning difficulties via Insight.

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


Nessy has been making fun, educational software since 1999 and our programs are now in use in over 10,000 schools worldwide.

The founder of Nessy, Mike Jones, is passionate about helping all children enjoy learning. Mike leads the development of all Nessy programs, ensuring they are uniquely qualified to help dyslexic children and struggling readers.

Nessy programs are designed to help address the specific difficulties caused by dyslexia and have proven to be effective for children of all abilities.

You can now use Nessy at school, at home or on the go! Further information can be found at

Venues: Edinburgh and Aberdeen       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


CandLE are a not-for-profit communication and learning centre which supports communication and learning needs of children and adults who need Alternative and Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology.
Our particular specialist areas are implementing and developing communication systems, supporting severely disabled students to access the mainstream curriculum, sustained involvement and networking with families and disability rights groups.

Venues: Edinburgh and Aberdeen       Further information: 'SCandLE' 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 Aberdeen       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 Aberdeen       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 Aberdeen       Further information: 'Sonocent' website


Speaks4me® is an E-Communication Book and Voice Output Communication Aid that was developed 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® looks similar to the widely used physical Communication Books, it is easily recognisable to children or adults familiar with Communication Books, allowing seamless transition and progression.

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


Since 1988, Spellex has been a world leader in assistive technology solutions.  We equip learning-disabled students with the tools that can make the difference between success or failure in the classroom. By using the right Spellex solution, students can improve their writing skills, reading comprehension, and self-confidence. They can reduce errors, perform at higher rates, and compete at an even level with typical or non-disabled students. Our superior products, innovation, and total quality commitment have kept Spellex in the forefront of the Assistive Technology field for 30 years.

Venues: Edinburgh and Aberdeen       Further information: 'Spellex' website

Talking Mats

Talking Mats is a Social Enterprise that believes everyone has a right to express their needs, wants and opinions.  We have developed a practical and versatile, visual tool that enables children and young people to translate their thoughts into actions and staff to monitor achievement of outcomes.

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