Boardmaker in libraries now

Wednesday January 23rd 2019

Boardmaker Midlothian

An innovative software package aimed at parents and carers of children and adults with communication difficulties is now available for use at Dalkeith, Lasswade and Loanhead libraries.

The Boardmaker software package is a collection of standardised picture symbols used for communication with individuals who find visual learning easier for example those with autism spectrum disorders and anyone with a disability or impairment that affects communication or memory. It can also be helpful for people with English as an additional language.

It can be used to create symbolised leaflets & posters, visual timetables, schedules, social stories and more. Boardmaker symbols can be adapted and customised to suit individual needs. Users can edit symbols, change colours, combine symbols or use their own digital images.

Anyone wishing to use Boardmaker should simply call the library to book in advance. It is free to use. Every library that offers Boardmaker has a laminator to use with the software so parents and carers will be able to print and laminate their resources for a small charge.

Cllr Stephen Curran, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries said:

“This project will benefit a range of people in the community who have communication difficulties. The software not only helps children and adults with learning or physical disabilities but also older people with some forms of dementia and anyone who has lost some language skills after a stroke, accident or illness.”

The introduction of Boardmaker in Midlothian libraries has been made possible thanks to funding from Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation.

Midlothian Libraries are running demonstration sessions on how to use the software. For further information contact one of the libraries offering the service.

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