The Children’s Society recognise that many children spend a great deal of time on the Internet but disabled children are often not able to make the best use of the resource. The Society has just launched a new website, Askability, the idea for which initially came from their shared care project in Solihull and has been funded from the lottery. The site uses Widget Software pictograms which communicate information in a simple form familiar to those in special schools, thus helping meet the needs of children and young people with disabilities.
A quick peek at the site shows a user friendly welcome page leading to animated links for pages headed News, What’s On, Speak Up and Fun, plus contact information. Each of these pages has further links to explore. Some of the information is a little sparse at the moment and the local news section is about Birmingham and Solihull, which is not much use if you live in London – hopefully more will be added once the site has been in operation longer.