Symbol Surfing

The Symbol Surfing project was a research project looking at ways that freely available symbol recognition software on computers can benefit people with learning disabilities. The project was led by The Rix Centre Charity and made possible through a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The most important part is how this changes things for someone with a learning disability when they use the computer. We worked with organisations who work with people with learning disabilities in a range of settings to see how useful these tools were in real world settings, and what benefits they could bring. You can access free Symbol Surfing tools and software, as well as find out more about the project and its outcomes at