The aim of Global Symbols is to link and create freely available Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) symbol sets with other linguistically and culturally localised symbol sets to provide both natiional and international access to appropriate pictographic based communication that can be used on any communication application. We have worked with several app developers who were supported by the UNICEF Innovation Fund, in particular with Cboard and Jellow.
The symbol sets and other resources collected on this site are intended for:
- languages that do not have localised symbols to support speech, language and literacy in health care, education and social communication situations.
- all Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) users, their families and carers as well as professionals in the field interested in using symbols.
- supporting low levels of literacy, learning disabilities or specific learning difficulties, where symbols can aid reading and writing skills.
- helping with social interaction difficulties where symbols can act as prompts.
Symbols can also work in a similar way for those who acquire speech and language difficulties due to strokes and brain injury. They have been used to support refugees in emergency situations and at times when there are challenges to using the spoken word.
If you want to create your own symbol set and share it with others please register to upload the symbols.
Where it has been felt that there is no need to generate new symbols for certain concepts or the symbol sets have a small number of symbols, you may find the concepts you want in the ARASAAC symbol set. This set was used as the basis of the Tawasol symbol set thanks to collaboration with Centro Aragonés de Recursos para la Educación Inclusiva (CAREI). ARASAAC symbols are offered under a CC (BY-NC-SA) Creative Commons licence but you may notice that some other symbol sets come with slightly different licences. When sharing symbols with others, please abide by the licence under which they are provided and acknowledge the original owners of the symbol set.
The Team and Associates
The Global Symbols team came together as a result of work on The Arabic Symbol Dictionary. The Tawasol Symbols were developed in 2016, thanks to the Qatar National Research Fund and all the participants in Doha, Mada – Qatar Assistive Technology Center. and Hamad Medical Corporation . In 2018 Global Symbols became a Community Interest Company (CIC) and increased the number of symbols sets available. We have also created free AAC Training materials and are aiming to build an online chart builder for use with the symbols sets.