The aim of the Global Symbols website is to link freely available symbol sets with other linguistically and culturally localised symbol sets to provide world wide access to appropriate picture based communication. The intent is also to build on the work of the Tawasol Symbol research by providing ways for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) users and specialists in the field to create their own symbol sets based on their personal needs and to share them with communities around the world.
The Global Symbols team have come about as a result of the work on The Arabic Symbol Dictionary which became Tawasol Symbols funded by a NPRP award [NPRP 6 – 1046 – 2 – 427] from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of The Qatar Foundation) and thanks must also go to all those participants in Doha, Mada – Qatar Assistive Technology Center. and Hamad Medical Corporation . Particular thanks also need to go to ARASAAC for allowing their symbols to be the starting point for many of the symbols that needed to be localised to suit the cultural and social settings in Qatar.
Tawasol and ARASAAC Symbols along with the other symbols collected on this site are intended for:
- Languages do not have localised symbols to support speech, language and literacy in health care, education and social communication situations.
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) users
- Those who may have low levels of literacy, learning disabilities or specific learning difficulties, where symbols can aid reading and writing skills.
- Those individuals who have social interaction difficulties where symbols can act as prompts.
Symbols may also work in a similar way for those who acquire speech and language difficulties due to strokes and brain injury.
Where it has been felt that there is no need to generate new symbols for certain concepts, links have been provided to the ARASAAC symbol set available thanks to collaboration with Centro Aragonés de Recursos para la Educación Inclusiva (CAREI) and are offered under a CC (BY-NC-SA) Creative Commons licence.
The Tawasol Symbols are free to use or distribute and can be incorporated and integrated into both free and commercial products. You may charge for your software, training or support but cannot make an additional charge for the use of the Tawasol library, either within your pricing or as an additional download. We simply ask that you note the source of the symbols and the license under which they are provided. Tawasol symbols are available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 licence
You can follow the progress of the research and symbol development via our blog.