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Ellesmere College
Ellesmere College is a Special Needs College on the outskirts of Leicester. The College has Primary, Secondary and Post 16 departments and caters for the needs of 250 students between the ages of 4 - 19

To aid with visual support the college use Widgit Symbols, braile and moon writing on thier signage.

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VideoMaking Pantomime Accessible for All
Symbol resources to support pantomime audiences

Watch Chris Jarvis talk about relaxed performances of Sleeping Beauty at the Richmond Theatre with the aid of Widgit Symbols.

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Children and Young People’s Commissioner
Accessible UNCRC resources for children and young people

The Children’s Commissioners of Scotland, England and Wales have joined forces to produce a new version of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The new resource uses symbols and simple language to explore the UNCRC.

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ACA Awards
Tom Jelley receives Member’s Award

At the J.M Barrie Awards 2016 Tom Jelley, our Widgit Symbol designer, received the ACA Member's Award for individuals and organisations whose work enriches children’s lives through the arts.

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Logan ProxPAD in the dining room
ProxPAD enabling independence and choice

We introduced the ProxPAD in the dining room at school to enable students to verbally request and support choice making on a daily basis. As a result we see better engagement with the dinner ladies and for some more independent choice making in that setting.

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The Shippey Campaign
Encouraging sports stadia to provide viewing facilities for those with sensory difficulties

How one family set up a campaign to encouraging sports stadia to provide viewing facilities for those with sensory difficulties using Widgit symbols.

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VideoThe Endeavour Academy
The Endeavour Academy is a school and residential setting for children and young people with autism and severe learning difficulties aged between 9 and 19

To aid with visual support the Academy use Widgit Symbols throughout the school and residential home.

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Logan's story
ProxTalker providing instant communication!

Logan’s dad designed the ProxTalker device so he could communicate verbally  with people who did not understand his PECS books. The first time Logan tried his ProxTalker device, it took him less than a minute to ask for one of his favourite toys, a letter puzzle.

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Pakistan Cold Schools Project
Pakistan is facing tremendous challenges in the education sector, with 25 million children out of school and literacy rates just 57%

I’m really very grateful to Martin McKay and all of his Texthelp team along with Widgit for helping make self-guided books for students. Without their support doing this was not possible for me.

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Symbols in Police Custody
University of Southampton's research into the use of symbols in police custody

In order to meet the specific needs of detainees, Widgit were approached by Autism Hampshire and Hampshire Police Constabulary to develop a series of “easy read” symbol sheets for use in custody.

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The Johan Cruyff Foundation
The Johan Cruyff Foundation in the Netherlands gets young people moving!

In primary schools and every Cruyff Court in the world you can find a sign of the 14 rules of Johan Cruyff. Widgit developed a special sign of the 14 rules specifically for special schools.

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Symbols for Behaviour and Routine
Your InPrint 2 has been really helpful and made a huge difference in my son, Mohamed’s, life

He has found the resources I have made for him with symbol support easy to understand and he has made great progress. He is less aggressive and is coping really well with changes in routine.

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Sam’s story
Here his mum tells his journey to the Logan ProxTalker which has changed their lives.

Sam is about to turn 18 and has Cerebral Palsy with difficult access issues. He is truly inspirational in his use of the Logan ProxTalker and an example of why all things need to be considered when choosing a communication solution.

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Manchester Children’s Hospital
One of our biggest challenges is that we require a large amount of information to be accessible for all of our patients and service users

Widgit helped us to create a person centred reasonable adjustment assessment tool which helps meet the need of our patients and families through pictorial information.

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Amman Cares about Symbols
We had heard about Widgit symbols and wanted to create an “easy read” version of our care guide for use throughout our homes

We contacted the Widgit design studio as we had challenges ensuring that our service users were able to engage with and understand the care guide used in our care homes.

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Brooke School
Creating a communication friendly environment

We believe that symbols give our students a greater understanding and accessibility of everyday life around school and are inclusive to the whole school community.

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Symbols help PSHE Education
The school is specifically for boys with social, emotional and mental/behavioural problems

In PSHE we are doing Sex and Relationship Education at the moment and we need to make sure we create a safe environment and the information given is clear.  Using Widgit symbols helps us accomplish this.

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My experiences using the MegaBee
Yesterday the girlfriend of my brother and I talk with the help of the Megabee for hours.

Yesterday I have tried the Megabee with my assistant Anna. She has difficulties with my letterboard in the past, because she always forgot the letters. We can’t believe it, how fast we are with the Megabee. I had tears in my eyes!

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Creating a Communication Pathway
Our son Charles who is 20 years old and is profoundly disabled has been using Widgit Software since 1999

We printed out symbols that were relevant for Charles, and started a communication path that has become over the years his main means of communication for us and other people.

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Behaviour, Comprehension and Communication
I am using the software to teach him to read, to create visual timetables and to create behavioural prompts

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your InPrint 2 and SymWriter 2 have been life savers for my severely autistic son. The quality of life for our family is so much better.

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Symbol Signs from Funka
Our client wanted to make an accessible sign and map for a playground

We felt the Widgit symbols were more colourful and happy than our alternatives. The Widgit symbols make the signs accessible for people who have a hard time reading, like small children.

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Scottish Commissioner
Golden Rules brings disabled young people into the picture

We launched the “7 Golden Rules for Participation” that remind adults what young people want from participation. The rules can also help them to think about how adults can support them to participate.

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Countess Wear Community School
Widgit Symbols making an impact across the primary curriculum

At Countess Wear Community School we regularly use InPrint as part of a Total Communication approach to support learning for children with additional needs across the curriculum. We create visual timetables, so that the children can clearly see routines and know what to expect.

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Ambassador Theatre Group
Relaxed performances take centre stage

We wanted to create resources for children and adults with learning disabilities to prepare for their visits to our theatres during the pantomime season; to build confidence prior to the theatre visit and provide an accessible way for customers to find out what to expect.

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Father Christmas Trail
Rudolph brings Christmas early at the Eden Project Grotto

At the Sensory Trust and Eden Project, we produced an accessible Father Christmas experience this year which was suitable for children who had additional needs. This included creating a “Father Christmas Trail”, a sensory rich pathway including Widgit symbols.

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My Son, Logan - by Glen Dobbs
I am sure I am not alone as a parent of a non-verbal child we wanted Logan to have a “voice”
Once I had realized that we had an actual problem I worked out that a technological solution might be in order. The engineer in me took over – for the entire time that we were looking at devices I was sure there had to be something that Logan could use which would enable him to build on his skills.

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VideoLearning Italian Animated Story
Designed to help children aged 3-5

This animated story has been created to foster learning of Italian as second language. The project was funded by the municipality of Udine and carried out by Radio Magica Foundation, in cooperation with publisher Franco Cosimo Panini and the assistive technology centre Auxilia.

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Symbols to help communication
Iain using symbols to help with behaviour and communication

My 38-year-old son, Iain, has learning difficulties and autism. Iain can talk and recognise written words. He needs enhanced structure, routines and rules at these times, so I create resources using Widgit symbols to help.

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Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Visiting hospital can be frightening, using symbols to explain procedures can help

Widgit Software have worked in partnership with Dr Judith Short (Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust) to create a series of resources designed to help patients with learning difficulties understand the procedures, events and people associated with a visit to hospital.

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Westcountry Housing Association
Creating accessible leaflets using Let's Sign and Write graphics

The Association wanted to ensure that the printed information they create was as accessible as possible to all of the people they help - including British Sign Language (BSL) users.

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Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital School
Widgit Symbol support for visitors to the school's website

In recognition of the wide range of visitors to the website, Widgit Symbol support has now been added to the website through the implementation of Widgit’s ‘Point’ software.

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British Red Cross
In an emergency, when language is a barrier the British Red Cross and Widgit offer a solution

The British Red Cross and Widgit Software have worked together to produce a Communication Book. The book uses Widgit Symbols to help the men and women who respond to emergencies to communicate with people with learning disabilities and those who do not speak English.

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Breadline, Moldova
The use of InPrint by Breadline, a charity working in a day centre in Moldova

InPrint allows us to develop, choose, create and put in practice various development programs for children of different ages, while taking into account the specific aims of each level.

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Transport for London
Creating accessible work placement materials for people who struggle with reading
To ensure that all individuals completing a placement were able to understand the Work Experience Agreement that participants need to sign before starting their placement, Transport for London worked in partnership with Widgit's Design Services Team to create a symbolised version.

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Inclusive Education Center School No.1 Sibiu
Romanian special schools implements alternative and augmentative communication

Widgit has been used in our school to help students with learning difficulties to engage in learning tasks, for raising accessibility of information both in teaching and curricular materials and the therapeutic activities and class management.

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The Playpark
The Inclusive Community Playpark

Widgit Software have been working with the park to develop materials and signage to enable children and visitors with literacy and learning impairments to access the park and its features.

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Boanerges Deaf Initiative
InPrint across Continents
The teachers are using the resources, made using InPrint, in every grade, throughout the school to support the children’s language development, understanding and reading. The flexibility of the programme means the symbols and pictures can be tailor made for their community, reflecting the life and the culture as they know it.

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The Royal School for the Deaf, Derby
Providing visual support for deaf students with Let's Sign and Write Graphics and Widgit Symbols

In order to ensure that visual support is provided for both English and BSL, the Royal School for the Deaf has made extensive use of the Let’s Sign & Write Graphics together with Widgit Symbols.

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SEN Project Uganda
Symbols being used to support children with SEN in mainstream schools in Uganda

Widgit donated InPrint software to the SEN Project Uganda in support of their work, to enable the teachers volunteering at the project to create symbol-supported materials.

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Widgit Symbols at the Eden Project
The UKs largest visitor attraction

Widgit have worked with the Sensory Trust to create more accessible signage and exhibits at the Eden Project. By using Widgit symbols on signage and displays throughout the Eden Project has achieved more inclusive accessibility for its visitors, regardless of their level of literacy.

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The James Rennie School
The first school Virtual Learning Environment to use Widgit Symbols
Using Widgit Point has successfully allowed learners at the James Rennie School with low literacy levels and English as a second language (EAL) to more fully engage with their virtual learning needs. Not only have our pupils felt the advantage from Point but also parents with EAL and other users with learning difficulties wanting to engage with the school.

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Symbols in a Local Authority
Warwickshire case study

A partnership between the schools and Widgit explored ways that the symbols could be used, and it was quickly seen that many more children than just this one were benefitting from having symbols available.

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Signage in a Leisure Centre
Symbolised Signage in South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre, Chelmsford
South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre has a whole variety of members, some with disabilities. When they came to remake their signage they wanted them to be understood by everyone, and so they decided to include Widgit Symbols, as they were a symbol language they knew their members would understand.

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Diabetes Widgit Symbol Resources
Specially-developed Widgit Symbols and resources to support people living with Diabetes

In partnership with Warwick University, Warwick Diabetes Care Research User Group and the George Eliot Diabetes Care Team, Widgit created a set of 32 specially-developed symbols which illustrate words and concepts relating to Diabetes and healthy living.

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Street Signs in Surrey
Symbols included on Surrey County Council's Street and Building Signs

Claire Richards from Surrey County Council was responsible for a project to create a suitable environment for people with downs syndrome and dementia, looking at many design features such as symbols, to make the space as accessible as possible.

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Sherborne @ Sunfield Symbols
Widgit Literacy Symbols designed to support the Sherborne@Sunfield Project

There is overwhelming evidence suggesting that the implementation of the SDM programme through structured teaching approaches targeted to autistic pupils' strengths as visual learners, through the use of visual cues contributed significantly towards pupils' engagement.

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Granta Housing Society
Providing housing, care and support

Granta have been working with Widgit software since 2007 on a number of projects to make their information more accessible. All of the documents created used the Widgit Symbol Set and utilised Widgit's expertise in creating simplified language and accessible resources.

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Andrew using symbols to help with comprehension
By his mother

Widgit symbols provide the tools we need to develop Andrew’s skills and encourage participation in social activities which he finds difficult to engage in. It  also prevents further deterioration in general communication, which has been going downhill since he left school.

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City of York Council
Creating a standardised way of using symbols within York

In York, it was widely recognised that symbol use was a very important part of the Inclusion Agenda in helping all children and young people in York to reach their full potential.

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The Foundling Museum
The story of the Foundling Hospital
This was a great opportunity to introduce the museum's visitors to the concept of symbol communication, which most are unfamiliar with. It also introduced a new way of interpreting exhibitions in the building and will become a natural addition to the museum's public interface wherever appropriate.

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Learner Entitlement
Symbol Documents and Questionnaires from the Learning and Skills Council

The Coventry & Warwickshire Learning and Skills Council produced Learner Entitlement Packs for all students aged 14-19. Widgit worked with them to create this document in 3 different formats: A symbol-supported version, a fully symbolised version and a quick reference mini booklet.

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The Children with Disabilities Service, Doncaster Council
Adding Widgit Symbol support to the 'Fusion' website for young people

In order to make the information on the website accessible to all young people in the Doncaster area, Widgit’s online symbol support tool ‘Point’ was implemented on the Doncaster Fusion website.

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Exmoor Zoo
Creating accessible, symbol-supported information and materials for visitors to the zoo
In order to ensure that all their visitors could get as much as possible from their visit, including those who may have difficulty understanding written information, Exmoor Zoo sought Widgit's help in making the information displayed around the zoo, handouts and learning materials more accessible.

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