Every year, tens of thousands of young people with additional support needs from all over the world use our Accessible Advent Calendar. Each day through December, they open gift boxes to reveal a new Christmas-themed, accessible activity which has been carefully designed for switch, touch, mouse and eye gaze users.
Our Accessible Advent Calendar is back for 2023. You can download the calendar to use on your Windows PC absolutely free.
Download the Calendar to your Computer
Click the image to the right to download the calendar program to your computer. SENict Accessible Advent Calendar is for Windows based PC computers.
The download folder contains the program plus support files including visual supports to enable choosing activities. Please do not delete or remove any of the files from the folder.
How does the SENict Advent Calendar work?
The calendar program reads the current date from your computer and uses this to build a twenty five day calendar display on your screen. This ensures that new gifts appear at the appropriate time no matter which time zone you are in. If you try and run the calendar before the 1st of December, you will not see any gifts being displayed. Calendar dates beyond the current day are greyed out to help students better understand which boxes can be opened and which can not. As the date progresses toward Christmas Day, all of the calendar boxes will be filled with gifts in turn.
Depending on which start option you choose, the program will respond in one of two ways.
Choose 'Just Today'
Today's box is always shown with an orange border and can be touched or clicked to start the activity for today. No other boxes can be selected and opened, even ones that have been opened in the past. This allows you to focus on just the new activity for today.
Gifts will be displayed in all of the calendar boxes to the current date. Touching or clicking any box that holds a gift will open the activity for that specific day. This setting allows children to choose both the new activity for today and return to past favourites.
How do our Advent Calendar activities contribute to making progress with access skills development?
Here's a recorded webinar exploring how our Chrismas activities are mapped to level descriptors in access skills progression for switch, touch, mouse and eye gaze users.
Have a lovely and safe Christmas. I'm looking forward to working with you all in 2024.
To ensure our website runs smoothly for everyone, queued downloads are currently restricted. Please take care to download activities one at a time. If you would rather save time, we can supply all 600 of our activities on a memory stick together with support and training files.