The new PCS™ Collections, featuring thousands of new symbols in three unique styles, all designed to better fit your students' specific learning and communication needs.
Working in conjunction with Linda Burkhart and Gayle Porter, the creator of PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display), Mayer-Johnson has created a powerful library of high contrast symbols for individuals with low vision and visual impairment.
These symbols are easier to see than standard symbols, are drawn with bright colors and minimal detail and offer a range of vocabulary topics.
Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) are a range of drawings originally created by Mayer-Johnson, and now supported by Tobii Dynavox, that represent words and or phrases. They are commonly used in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and can be used with both high tech and low tech communication systems.
There are many examples of people using symbols of all types around the world for a variety of reasons in addition to AAC. Symbols can make an environment more inclusive. We can label items or areas with symbols so that people using different languages can understand. Hospitals often label their signage with symbols to enable people to more easily navigate the hospital environment. Multilingual communication boards have also been created to support refugees coming into a new country so that they can get the help they require quickly.
PCS purchased by a school:
If a copy of a PCS book or software is purchased for a school, teachers or therapists in the school may use the PCS in materials for the students in the school. Copying the materials for an entire school system is illegal.
PCS purchased by a teacher or therapist:
If a copy of a PCS book or software is purchased by a therapist or teacher, the therapist or teacher may use the PCS materials with persons on his/her caseload. This also means that an itinerant teacher or therapist may use the materials for students on multiple schools if the students using the materials are in his/her caseload. Copying the materials for an entire school system is illegal.
PCS purchased by a hospital:
If a copy of a PCS book or software is purchased for a hospital, therapists in the hospital may use the PCS materials with the patients of the hospital. Copying the materials for an entire hospital system is illegal.
For all other uses:
For uses that do not conform to the copyright guidelines above, please contact us.
Selling or giving away materials using the PCS in paper or electronic form is illegal without the permission of Tobii Dynavox.