A couple of decades ago there was really only one option to source color drawings/images for special needs applications; materials such as communication boards, visual schedules, etc. In recent years, new options have been popping up. Here is a list of some sources for symbols/images for making materials and visual supports:
- Boardmaker software - the classic computer software program is still available for purchase (Mayer-Johnson) and has since grown to a family of products.
- Boardmaker Online - the Boardmaker family of products recently joined other companies offering online subscription access to a library of images and symbols for creating materials. Personal, professional, and group pricing available. Boardmaker Online also offers a free online Community where you can search for and/or share created materials with over 200,000 members.
- ConnectAbility.ca - free online visual engine to build visual supports and sequences. Choose a grid template, choose images, print, and use.
- Custom Boards - app for iPad with a built-in library of over 10.000 Smarty Symbols or import your own image to create boards and activities (to use on the iPad or print and use).
- Emoji Island - download emoji icons in PNG for free
- iESLp - app for iPad offering access to a library of over 24,000 SymbolStix symbols with in-app purchases available for additional images (Scrapin Doodle) to create materials (for use on the iPad or print and use).
- LessonPix - created by a teacher and developer, LessonPix is an online resource to create customized materials. You can also download the "clip art" for use in applications such as Word documents, PowerPoint, etc. Individual and group pricing available.
- Mrs. Riley - make pages of picture cards online. Pricing plans include 1-month, 4-months, 12-months, and group.
- Open Symbols - a collection of open-license picture symbols for use in AAC which pulls from multiple sources. Currently includes access to more than 59,000 symbols/icons.
- SEN Teacher - free learning resources, including visual aids and AAC resources you can create and print. NWACS board member Rose-Marie shares: "Just type your word into the card frames and the online software searches its database (either ARASAAC symbols or photo images) fills in the pictures. Most cards are 2" size. Really easy to use!"
- Smarty Symbols Image Club - an SLP-run company offering an online image/symbol library with over 19,000 images. Personal, group, and commercial monthly or yearly licenses available. NWACS board member, Casey, recently wrote a review of Smarty Symbols on her blog here.
- Special Education Technology British Columbia pictureSET - a free library of symbols/resources for AAC use
- SymbolStix PRIME - web-based library of over 25,000 SymbolStix symbols from n2y available for a 12-month subscription. Create materials on their site or copy and paste symbols into other programs to create your materials.
- Tools2Talk+ - app for iPad from Australian developer Scopevic offers access to over 20,000 PCS symbols and over 1,500 Compic symbols to create materials for use on iPad or to print and use. For more information, check out this review from OMazing Kids here.
What's missing from our list? Do you know of another resource to access images for creating materials and visual supports? Comment below to help us develop this resource list!