How we started
For over 35 years, Widgit Software has been a pioneer in the field of developing materials for people who have difficulty in understanding and using text. Widgit began as a small family company, becoming famous for ‘Writing with Symbols’. We are proud that we have maintained our original ethos of doing our best to help those people who, for whatever reason, find the printed word hard to access. Our aim is to provide them with a gateway to information and education, enabling their fuller participation in the world around them.
Where we are now
At the heart of the company is the Widgit Symbol Set, a bank of over 17,000 symbols which can be used to represent over 45,000 words and phrases. Symbols are a way to understand, learn and communicate which overcomes the barrier that text represents to many people of all ages and abilities.
We now offer a wide range of leading-edge symbol software which enables users to create or download symbol supported materials for use in an ever-growing number of contexts.
We also offer bespoke symbol services, developing symbol materials to help organisations become more inclusive. Sectors we work with include special and mainstream education, medical and care services, public services and the leisure industry. Essentially, wherever text is used, symbols can be used alongside it, providing an environment that is inclusive for all.
We continue to develop new symbols in response to demand from a rapidly expanding number of customers in the UK and abroad. We have recently launched new applications offering symbol support to websites. To further expand our range of web products, we will be releasing a version of our symbol writing software which will be fully web-based in the near future.
We take pride in providing the most innovative, sophisticated and powerful technology to deliver our products, but of equal importance to us is the personalised service we offer our customers, developing materials and offering support and advice.