ALDICT

 

WRITING WITH SYMBOLS

 

Many people with learning disabilities use graphic symbols for communication. In Europe there are many different symbol sets in use.

Symbols help people with learning disability to understand concepts and written words. They can be used for ‘writing’ symbolised text and messages. Thus, symbols are also a tool for gaining access to literacy.

The softare Writing withe Symbols 2000, which is now availeable in English, French, German and Portuguese, converts automatically between communication symbols and written text.

People with learning disabilities can therefore write messages by just pointing on different symbols on a touch-screen, a concept keyboard or using the mouse.

The ALDICT project will combine this functionality withe an e-mail program and automatic translation. This will make it possible for people with learning disability to communicate internationally and to participate in the developing Information Society.