Over the years, Widgit has partnered with several organisations on unique projects to make information accessible for all.
Working in partnership with website design and development firm Solutions Squared, Widgit worked on a project for The Children's Society to create Askability - a symbol-supported website for disabled children and young people.
Askability contains a range of topical material for children and young people, including local, national and sports news, jokes, stories and films & music reviews. The website also encourages contributions from readers, enabling them to create and showcase their own work, giving them a voice and helping to build their confidence.
Widgit is proud to assist The Children's Society with this symbol initiative. Cate Detheridge of the Widgit Accessibility Team has supported this project all the way. She says:
"Widgit pioneered the idea of a symbol website with www.symbolworld.org . The Children's Society has taken this much further, working with Solutions Squared to create a dynamic website that encourages and supports children with valuable information.
"Askability will give up-to-date local news in a format not otherwise available and provides an excellent communication resource".
Angela Gallacher, Director at Solutions Squared stated:
"We are so proud to be part of this project as we have championed accessible websites for many years. Working with Widgit to create a web-based symboliser was a step into a new sphere of technology, but we now have a system which can work for any website, anywhere. More importantly however, children with learning disabilities have a fantastic forum to access information and have a voice in the community."
The Children's Society believes children and young people with communication difficulties can often feel very isolated. Widgit believes that the symbols they design can often make a real difference to people's communication and understanding. By incorporating the world-renowned Widgit Symbols, the website instantly becomes a welcoming and accessible environment for all, regardless of disability or background.
Maureen Murray, Project Manager at The Children's Society in Solihull came up with the original idea of a symbolised website. She is delighted with the result and the team-work involved:
"It really is amazing to think that all this was just an idea a year ago and now with the help of Widgit Software, Solutions Squared and funding from The Big Lottery it has all become a reality. Askability is a really important step for local children with special needs. I hope they will find it fun and interactive, and that it becomes a well-used resource for them."