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Symbol Sets

When a person uses aided communication visual-graphic symbols are required. The symbols can include objects, partial objects, digital photographs, line drawing pictures, single letters, printed words, etc.) One commonly used set of symbols is picture symbols.

(Information adapted from )

Common Picture Symbol Systems


Boardmaker® (Mayer-Johnson) is a graphics database containing over 35,000 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) that can be used to create a variety of printed communication and educational materials. The symbols can be used in any size, in color or black and white, and displayed with text in a variety of languages.

For more information go to the Boardmaker page of tis wiki  


SymbolStix® (n2y) Symbolstix symbols have a unique style. They were designed and developed by N2Y for use in its Internet weekly newspaper, News-2-You, and its online curriculum, Unique Learning System. Generic activities and persons are depicted as lively stick figures- stick figures with "an attitude". ( ) Minspeak® (Semantic Compaction Systems)  


Minspeak symbols are best known for being used in Prentke Romich communication devices. (

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CTG Chosing the Right Visual Symbols.pdf      

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