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Widgit - Symbols help to communicate ideas and information

How often do you go online? Every few weeks, every few days, every day, every few hours? Well according to research, three quarters (74%) of all adults ages 18 and older go online, and most of them on a daily basis.

So now that you officially know that you are one of the millions who access the Internet and enjoy the pleasures of its never ending wealth of information, I have another question for you. What would you do if you could not read? Have you ever thought about the fact that most of the World Wide Web is text? Well now that you are thinking about it and wondering what you would do I will give you a helpful answer: Widgit... 

 

Widgit is software that was developed to help individuals who are unable to, or have difficulties, reading text. So how is this done? Well Widgit designed thousands of symbols with the help of language and communication experts, so that they could put symbols to words (similar to braille for the blind).

Originally created for the classroom, these symbols have broken their mold and spread to museums, community parks, hospitals, care homes, as well as government agencies, helping to create an all-inclusive environment.

Another cool thing about Widgit is that if individuals or organizations find that they need symbols that are not in the pre-made downloadable resources, they can create their own symbol-based materials! By choosing from Widgit’s many different products that have been designed to create resources in print, onscreen and online, individuals and companies get the flexibility they need to develop new symbols. They can also get help from Widgit’s Accessible Information Services that provides expert advice and will assist in symbol design, symbol resources, as well as the creation of templates and more!

Widgit is a great tool that can be used in many different settings and can really benefit individuals who might have felt too lost on the Internet before. 

For more information: Widgit

 

 

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