Books for All: improving accessibility to curricular materials for print disabled pupils

A photo of a pile of books next to a laptop computer

Developing the four capacities is central to Curriculum for Excellence, and pupils who cannot access printed text readily experience a barrier to developing as independent learners, confident individuals, successful learners and effective contributors. The Books for All project has been focusing on raising awareness of the issues for pupils with a print disability.

The Books for All project is delivered by CALL Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. The project supports local authorities, teachers and other practitioners in the provision of adapted learning materials in accessible, alternative formats for pupils who have difficulties reading ordinary printed books.

In Scotland, people with a print disability are those who cannot obtain access to information in a print format because they:

  • are blind or vision impaired
  • have physical disabilities which limit their ability to hold or manipulate information in a printed form
  • have perceptual or other disabilities which limit their ability to follow a line of print or which affect their concentration
  • cannot comprehend information in a print format due to insufficient literacy or language skills (from the Report of the Disability Working Group).

Listen to the views of some young people who are faced with the challenge of having a print disability

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Young people with a range of print disabilities discuss the impact of using digital resources to access the curriculum.

View other related videos on the topic of accessible resources on the Books for All database website.

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  • Books for All Scotland and Books for All Database

    The Books for All project and database aims to support local authorities, teachers and other practitioners with the provision of adapted learning materials in accessible, alternative formats, for pupils who have difficulties reading ordinary printed books.

  • CALL Scotland

    CALL (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) Scotland provides training, expertise, resources and case studies anyone in Scotland concerned with communication difficulties, particularly in a learning context.