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 some cases, PCS licensing is free! App-friendly and subscription pricing is also available.
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.
If software is purchased by an individual, that individual may use the PCS materials with people on his/her caseload. This also means that a teacher or therapist may use the materials for students in multiple schools if the students using the materials are in his/her caseload. Sharing the software between multiple instructors is illegal.
If software is purchased for a hospital, it may be shared by a group of therapists. Those therapists may use the materials with the patients of the hospital. Sharing the software between multiple hospitals is illegal.
Anyone who owns Boardmaker software and Picture Communication Symbols, is encouraged to share activities using the free Boardmaker Online Community.
For uses that do not conform to the guidelines above, you will need permission to use PCS.
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 several options for obtaining permission to legally distribute PCS. Please select which account best fits your needs and apply to get started.
Do you want to distribute your Boardmaker activities in PDF format at no cost? Are you creating public service materials, writing a book, placing a website, illustrating support materials for disaster relief? If so, you’ll need a no-cost PCS Maker Free Account. Please note, once you have submitted your application, your request will be processed in 10 to 15 business days.
Are you a prolific “maker” hoping to sell your creations? Are you an individual selling products on your own? If so, you will need a PCS Maker Personal Account. Please note, once you have submitted your application, your request will be processed in 10 to 15 business days.
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 PCS by Tobii Dynavox Maker Business Account.