Widgit aids understanding and communication for people who find reading text difficult. Widgit Symbols add visual support to the printed word, giving easier access to information and separating it from the challenge of reading. Symbols open up the world of information to those otherwise excluded from it.
Lots of people find it difficult to read and write – probably more than you think – and for many reasons. We live in a text-based society and if you cannot read well or indeed at all, the world can literally be a closed book.
Widgit creates solutions to make the world a fairer, more inclusive place for those children, young people and adults. Text with symbol support helps people with a range of abilities to communicate, access information and be more independent.
If you use text in any setting to communicate, it is difficult to estimate how many people understand your message fully. It may be that the people who most need to understand it are not able to do so.
We are all symbol users. Symbols engage people. They are a simple, quick, visual way of communicating information in all aspects of daily life. Widgit has taken this idea further and developed a symbol set covering over 40,000 words which enables people to ‘translate’ written text by combining it with symbols.
By using symbols alongside text, you are able to get your message across more effectively to more people.
Experience this for yourself…….
To see how effective symbols can be in extending people’s understanding, put yourself in the position of a non-reader by trying this test: