Widgit Software

Government and Local Authorities

Communication support for everyone

Being able to communicate effectively with all people is vital to ensuring a sense of belonging within a community.

All of the services provided by a local authority need to be accessible to everyone, regardless of language or literacy barriers, in order to ensure that they feel valued and accepted.

From local offer websites and signage in public buildings to advice leaflets and surveys, Widgit can work jointly with local organisations and service providers, translating information into symbols and 'easy read' text.

Widgit health and justice symbols
More about symbols:
  • The Children’s Commissioners of Scotland, England and Wales have joined forces to produce an accessible version of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) featuring Widgit Symbols.

    Find out more

  • Golden Rules brings disabled young people into the picture

    By using Widgit symbols, people who have speech and language difficulties or are non-verbal were able to access and understand what participation means to them.

    Sarah-Louise Davies, Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

    Find out more

  • With the Safe Place Scheme, Local Authorities and the Police are helping to reduce bullying and abuse of people with learning disabilities in their communities.

    I think it is vital that Safe Places schemes strive towards using a common symbol.

    Maggie Graham, Mencap

    Find out more

  • The symbolised materials really help children to be independent.

    Thanks to the Symbols Inclusion Project, about 75% of schools, and 200 pre-school settings are using symbols to support children with their understanding and learning.

    Class Teacher

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    Widgit health and justice symbols
  • In York, we realise the benefits of using symbols to support learning and communication.

    We worked with Widgit to develop guidance so that every child in York has the chance to reach their full potential.

    Susan Coulter, Specialist Teaching Team, City of York Council

    Find out more

  • The aim of including symbols on the directional signage around the centre was to provide simple, identifiable objects that all members of the community would be able to recognise and associate with to improve their visit and guide them around the facilities.

    Mark Owers, Chelmsford Borough Council

    Read about the symbol signs

Who symbols can help

Widgit uses symbols to support people who have communication, language or learning disabilities.
Find about who uses symbols

  • In the UK, there are 10.9 million people registered with a disability (1)

  • 2.1 million people are registered with a communication disability (1)

  • 21% of children in families with at least one disabled member are in poverty, a significantly higher proportion than the 16% of children in families with no disabled member (2)

  • A third of disabled people experience difficulties related to their impairment in accessing public, commercial and leisure goods and services(2)

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

  • Support inclusive access to information
  • Easy to follow signage and wayfinding
  • Meet legal responsibilities
  • Equality of access for all people; regardless of age, disability or background
  • Community engagement

Ipads wiith symbols

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.

Licence Widgit symbols for your local authority

A number of local authorities have now licensed symbols for much wider use within their geographic area. Their licenses have been arranged so that symbols can be distributed for any not-for-profit purpose within the authority. This includes things like schools, social services, hospitals and doctors' surgeries, community centres and scout and youth groups.

To arrange a similar licence, please email info@widgit.com or call 01926 333680.

Software Bundle

Communicate Series Bundle

InPrint 3

Widgit Health Symbols

Single installation £219

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

Primary Bundle  Primary Bundle

A collection of over 1,000 books and activities.
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History BundleHistory Bundle

A large range of over 500 books and activities.
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KS2 Science BundleKS2 Science Bundle

Supports Year 3 – 6 science teaching and learning.
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Design Studio

Have you experienced problems communicating
with members of the public?

Are your documents accessible to all your clients?

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

For copyright permission, email

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