Enhancing Accessibility in D&T Education with Widgit Symbols

Published 15th August 2023

In a groundbreaking collaboration, an extensive collection of easily accessible symbols has been curated in partnership with Widgit, a pioneer in symbol-based language designed primarily for individuals with learning disabilities. This remarkable resource serves as an invaluable asset for educators seeking to create inclusive and adaptable learning environments within the realm of Design and Technology (D&T).

Opening Doors to Learning with Visual Support

Harnessing the power of pictorial symbols, this resource complements textual content, ushering in a new era of information accessibility for individuals who may otherwise find themselves excluded from conventional learning methods. These symbols can serve as alternatives to text or harmoniously accompany it, reinforcing comprehension and engagement. Moreover, these symbols are also beneficial in mainstream classrooms to surmount language barriers among English as an Additional Language (EAL) students.

The application of these symbols is as diverse as the educational landscape itself. They facilitate independent learning, demystify complex concepts, construct social narratives, label tools and equipment, and much more. As an illustrative aide, they empower educators to cultivate an environment where each student's unique learning style is celebrated.

A Wealth of Symbols at your Fingertips

This extensive collection of D&T-related symbols, encompassing 40 essential icons, is available for all schools as downloadable PDFs. For members of the D&T Association, the benefits are further amplified. An additional set of 40 D&T symbols, exclusive to members, can be readily downloaded. Those equipped with the Widgit InPrint 3 software are granted access to an entire trove of D&T symbols in a wordlist format, comprising a staggering 20,000 Widgit SEN Communication symbols.

It is imperative to note that to fully capitalize on the comprehensive array of Widgit symbols, the Widgit InPrint 3 software must be installed. This software stands as a gateway to unlocking the full spectrum of possibilities that these symbols offer, transcending the boundaries of traditional education and fostering a truly inclusive learning environment.

As a beacon of accessibility, the collaboration between Widgit and the D&T Association shines a light on the transformative power of visual support. These symbols are not mere icons; they represent the key to unlocking the potential of every student, enabling them to thrive and excel within the dynamic realm of Design and Technology. For further information and to embark on the journey of accessible education, explore the possibilities of the Widgit InPrint 3 software and the expansive world of symbols it unveils.

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