Blissymbolics Learning Tool
Blissymbolics is a visual language used by children and adults with speech and physical disabilities as a primary form of communication. It isn't very well known, and can be difficult to learn for people who do, in fact, have other ways of communicating. I wanted to make a tool or game that would allow the people who don't use this as their primary form of communication to practice and explore the basic meanings of the ideas they want to express.
A full kit has the wooden frame out of which are cut two levels for interaction. The back opening is for placing “concept cards” which are opaque. The closer slot allows the user to overlay the transparent “idea cards” with a grid so that they can become familiar with the visual format of the language.
I created materials for the first three levels:
1. Body Parts and Useful Words
2. Pronouns, Family and Community Members
3. Social Amenities and Big & Little Meanings.