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This tool, fast and usable by everyone, is used to develop the daily use of pictograms by patients requiring communication assistance and their families.

What is this website for?

Pictofacile is a free, fast and easy way to transcribe texts in pictograms.
Enter your text: each word is associated with a pictogram.
Select the most relevant ones, the size, the colours and the transcription is done. Download your transcription directly in pdf.

Where do pictograms come from?

The data base of pictograms used on this site is the property of the Government of Aragon and were created by Sergio Palao for ARASAAC (https://www.arasaac.org), which distributes them under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA License.
For more information on their project, please visit https://www.arasaac.org.

What is Augmentative Alternative Communication?

AAC or Augmentative Communication is a set of tools serving as an aid or substitute for language. These tools make communication possible, the transmission of a message, a thought, a feeling when language is not efficient.
It is Alternative: it makes communication effective in a way it is different from oral production. AAC tools replace or complete speech with gestures and pictograms.
It is Augmentative : It increases the intelligibility of the person using it. It completes speech or clarifies the message to be transmitted.

Why pictograms?

Pictograms are small images representing a concept. Their combination makes it possible to translate a message to be transmitted.
These images can be used as a unique way of communication when speech is not used.
However, if speech is impaired, pictograms can also serve as a multi-modal communication channel. They reinforce the idea conveyed by speech and make it richer.

Who is the site aimed at?

Speech and language therapists

Pictograms can be used as a communication aid or for language rehabilitation.
This concerns patients with congenital oral language production disorders: patients with Down's syndrome, ASD, specific oral language disorders, Facial malformations affecting articulation, etc.
Their use allows language development by relying on multimodal communication channels.
This concerns patients with acquired or neurodegenerative oral language production disorders such as aphasia, PPA, Parkinson's disease, etc.
An alternative way of communication can be developed to replace or prevent a decline in speech.

For teachers

Teachers can use pictograms to support their students with disabilities and adapt their material to their needs. In this way, they will develop their independence in their work and also their inclusion in the school system.
Allophone pupils can also benefit from this tool: pictograms would allow them to compensate for their lack of language skills. By translating the message into pictograms, the child can appropriate the concept and the associated vocabulary without having to go through a translation via his mother tongue.

Establishments receiving the public

Pictograms allow to transmit a message without the need to master the language. For a greater inclusiveness in society and therefore in public establishments, pictograms would make it possible to translate an information understandable by all.

To the patient's environment

When implementing pictograms in AAC, it is important to develop its use in the whole environment of the person.
Pictofacile provides quick access to a free and easy-to-use pictogram bank for everyone. Parents, relatives or caregivers can, in this way, appropriate this AAC tool and maintain communication with their loved one.

In which languages is the website available?

The "convert a text" application is available in 26 languages and dialects for even greater inclusiveness. At the moment, the full site is available in 4 languages. If you want to help us to develop these translations, click here.