Symbols Symbols Everywhere!

You really are spoilt for choice these days with a number of symbol sets available, with more being developed all the time. What are the things you need to consider when selecting a symbol set to
use with the people you support or in your community projects?

Some symbol sets are small with limited vocabulary, some are huge, others have been developed for a specific purpose, and some are only available in certain formats. There are symbol sets that are
completely free and in fact, copyright free and others are commercially available. It can all get really confusing!

Well to hopefully make it a little easier for you, I have compared some of the most commonly used symbols sets and their features so you can make an informed decision about what is out there. Take
a look at the Symbol Set Comparison Chart.

Now – I have just recently updated this information but I know that it can change frequently – and that it may not be all of the symbol sets that are available. So, feel free to give us any feedback or let me know if there is something useful that you think has been missed – let’s just call it a “work in progress”!

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About Katie Lyon

Katie is a speech pathologist and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) consultant who has been working with young children and adults with complex communication needs for the past 13 years. She has had worked in various roles including Coordinator of the Non-electronic Communication Aid Scheme and Regional Communication Service in Victoria as part of the state-wide Communication Access Network. She has a keen interest in supporting families, teachers, direct support workers and therapists to access information about AAC and assistive technology through education and training. She currently works part-time with Spectronics and part-time with the Communication Resource Centre at Scope in Victoria.

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