Widgit Software

Supporting young people and adults

Independence, confidence and freedom for all

People with learning difficulties can struggle to lead an independent life without the right support and facilities.

Symbols can be used in a variety of ways to support independent living, such as labels around the home, sequence cards for regular processes, shopping lists and calendars to name a few.

Using a range of symbol resources and strategies can give people the freedom to be independent where they would normally rely on carers and other services to support them. By making small changes to encourage independence, a large impact can be made on people’s self-esteem and confidence.

Early yaears symbols
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  • It has been a long journey for Charles and us on the communication pathway and we still have a long road to travel but with the help and experience of the staff at Widgit that road now feels a lot shorter. Thank you so much for all your support.

    John & Barbara, Charles' mum & dad

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  • With Iain’s help, I produced symbols of the things that make him feel anxious and which help him to feel calm. I cut them up and we played a sorting game.

    I showed the staff at his respite centre how to use the cards and this contributed to a much calmer stay for Iain next time round!

    Iain's mother talks about their symbols

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  • In a study with adults with learning disabilities, comprehension was significantly higher for symbolised text than non-symbolised.

    Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 51(7)

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  • We use the program to produce pages for questions, conversation and communicating needs. Sacha also has a day board in his room, where we use symbols to show him his timetable for the day.

    The symbols and software are invaluable to my son.

    Sacha's mother talks their symbols

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  • Brilliant! Keep up the good work. Many thanks for all you have provided for my 6th Form students. I'm so pleased we found you!

    Just brilliant to recommend to schools and families who are on tight budgets.


  • Rebecca keeps her symbol communication album with her at all times... When she left school to go to college she still used her symbol album and now has a communication aid. Rebecca has an American pen friend who communicates using symbols.

    Rebecca's story from 'Symbols Literacy and Social Justice'

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Who symbols can help

Widgit uses symbols to support people with communication, language or learning disabilities.
Who uses symbols?

  • 796,000 people aged 20 or more, equivalent to 2.2% of the adult population have a learning disability. (1)

  • At least half of all adults with a learning disability live in the family home - meaning that many don't get the same chances as other people to gain independence, learn key skills and make choices about their own lives. (2)

  • 7% of people with learning disabilities have a job. 65% want one. (3)

  • 'Easy read' resources support independence for adults with a learning disability (4)

Widgit Symbols add visual support to the printed word, opening up the world of information to those otherwise excluded from it.
Find out more about symbols

  • Improve levels of independence
  • Enable communication
  • Support behaviour and emotions
  • Improve confidence and
  • Enhance life skill development
  • Reduce reliance on family and carers

Health Communication Book

Create your own materials

Communicate Series BundleInPrint 3

Create symbol materials to print
Widgit symbols, along with the powerful features and freedom of layout of desktop publishing, help to create materials that have a professional look.

Communicate Series BundleSymWriter 2

Easy symbol writing for everyone
SymWriter 2 is a symbol-supported word processor that any writer, regardless of literacy levels, can use to create documents.

Communicate Series BundleWidgit Online

Create, save and share online
Widgit Online allows you to create, save and share symbol documents and grids in your web browser.

Software Bundle

Widgit Essentials Bundle

InPrint 3

SymWriter 2

Single £289
Five £699
Ten £959
Twenty     £1,339
Thirty £1,459

Need help?

To discuss our software and services, please call 01926 333680, or email info@widgit.com

Fun and educational apps

Widgit Go

Widgit Go is an app for creating activities and grids to support communication, learning and language development. Use it in the home, in the classroom or on the go.


Communicate Series BundleWidgit Vocab

Widgit Vocab is a series of iPad apps designed to develop basic vocabulary. Widgit Vocab can help extend a user's vocabulary range with listening, speaking and reading activities.


Symbolworld is a free website dedicated to symbol users of all ages. It contains a huge variety of articles, stories and information.


App Bundles

Widgit Essentials Bundle

Get the best deals with Widgit App Bundles

Need help?

To discuss our software and services, please call 01926 333680, or email info@widgit.com

Hundreds of free and low-cost symbol resource packs, created in partnership with professionals

Choices and Planning

A great resource to encourage self advocacy within personal care planning.

Format: Price:
CIP filesCIP files from £30


Road Safety

11 activities for teaching how to cross the road safely, understanding traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

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CIP files £7



58 recipes, topic books and workbooks for snacks, starters, dinners and desserts + FREE sample book.

Format: Price:
CIP files £50


Design Studio

Had an idea for a resource?

Want to create a more accessible environment?

We can create accessible symbol information, tailored to your needs.

Our specialist design team will work in partnership with your organisation to produce symbolised documents which cater for your individual requirements.

Bespoke service
We consult with you throughout the design process, creating new symbols where necessary, to ensure that the end result is fit for purpose and appropriate for the different needs of your client base.

Best practice
We can also work with you to develop your understanding and knowledge of “best practice” in symbol accessibility and suggest the most appropriate language for your information.

Meeting your responsibilities
An inclusive approach to the design of your product or service will help you to ensure compliance with current legislation on accessibility.

Design studio services include:

  • Translating information into symbols
  • Symbol design
  • Symbol signage
  • Development of resources
  • Converting text to easy read
  • Design and layout
  • Support in a wide range of media
  • Licensing symbols
  • Advice and training

Get in touch

If you want help with accessibility or have an idea for a resources, please contact us.

For design services, email

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