June has been a busy month for adding more languages to Global Symbols and Board Builder. We have also been concentrating on making it possible for new symbol set owners to add translations to their own sets.
May 20, 2021, is the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). All over the world people are offering free online sessions and events about digital access and inclusion. Being able to use digital technologies helps us all and can be an essential part of one billion disabled people's lives, including those using augmentative and alternative forms of communication.
During April we have continued to update Board Builder and added the ability to use multiple writing systems as well as more symbols in charts and with Symbol Creator. We have been exploring the type of fonts that will present both Cyrillic and Logographis scripts. Quite a challenge!
March has made us think about spring and new beginnings after a difficult winter with COVID-19. We have been exploring automated text simplification with symbol support for those with cognitive impairments. It is not a new idea to want to make complex web text easier to understand, but still a challenge when you want to allow for personalisation of symbol representations!
Lets get creative this February! We have moved from creating templates to creating symbols for the templates with the launch of a much updated Board Builder and Symbol Creator thanks to the support of a Winston Churchill Action Fund. Now could be a good time to have fun making personalised symbols and images for charts and information sheets!