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PCS licensing

PCS Licensing

Use PCS for your Next Symbol-Based Project

Picture Communication Symbols (PCS®) are available for licensing to anyone wishing to add these powerful and popular symbols to their product, website, book, app, playground, jewelry, presentation, movie, or other unique application. In non-profit situations, PCS® licensing is free! App-friendly and subscription pricing is available. 

PCS Policy if you Own Boardmaker

Owned by a School/District:

If software is purchased by a school / school district, it must be provided to a single teacher or therapist. That individual (or teaching assistants) may use the PCS® materials with persons on his/her caseload. Sharing the software between multiple instructors is illegal.

Owned by an Individual:

If software is purchased by an individual, that individual may use the PCS® materials with people 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. Sharing the software between multiple instructors is illegal.

Owned by a Hospital:

If software is purchased for a hospital, it may be shared by a group of therapists. Those therapists may use the PCS® materials with the patients of the hospital. Sharing the software between multiple hospitals is illegal.

Activity Sharing:

Anyone who owns the software and symbols, is encouraged to share activities using the Boardmaker Online Community.

For all other uses:

For uses that do not conform to the guidelines above, you will need permission to use PCS®

PCS for Licensing

Selling or giving away materials using PCS® in paper or electronic form, unless for the sole benefit of the student/clients you serve as addressed in the Policy section of this page, is illegal without the permission of Tobii Dynavox.

Below are the different options for obtaining permission to legally distribute PCS. Please select which membership best fits your needs.

PCS Maker Free

Do you want to distribute your Boardmaker activities in PDF format at no cost? Are you creating public service materials, writing a book, decorating a website, illustrating support materials for disaster relief? If so, you’ll need a no-cost Maker Free Account.


  • Assures you copyright compliance
  • Become an official licensed PCS® publisher

PCS Maker Personal

Are you a prolific “maker” hoping to sell your creations? Are you already selling on Teachers Pay Teachers? Would you like to have access to all PCS® symbols plus new symbols every 2 weeks? If so, you will need a Maker Personal Account.


  • All the benefits of Maker Free, plus...
  • Annual 10% discount coupon (good for one-time use)
  • Access to symbol files
  • Non-member pricing includesBoardmaker Online Personal account

Personal/Professional Boardmaker Member - $29/year
Non-Member - $129/year

Note: Not available for Boardmaker Online District Member

PCS Maker Business

Are you a start-up creating a new Autism application? Do you have a thriving print activity business? Do you plan to introduce products that use PCS® symbols? If so, you will need a Maker Business Account.


  • All the benefits of Maker Personal plus
  • A customized agreement based on your business model that can accommodate subscriptions, one-time purchases, in-app purchases, or other creative ideas.

Pricing varies request a quote for details.