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Playground Core Communication Boards from PRC-Saltillo

Posted on 2020-01-27 13:55:54 by Admin under News

Recess. Is there any other time at school that children like as much as time spent playing?

Children who use AAC, however, face a unique challenge. When playing outside with their classmates, taking an AAC device with them means the device can get broken or lost. But without it, there is no way for the child to communicate with their friends or teachers.

Here at PRC-Saltillo, we’re thrilled that, more and more, the AAC community is providing large symbol-based communication boards for playgrounds, promoting both independence and inclusion for children who use AAC. As these have grown in popularity, we’ve received many questions about how schools can create a board for their playgrounds, and how the symbols and vocabulary options should be identified on these boards.

Below you’ll find information on starting the process, beginning with:

  1. A sample request for funding
  2. The files you’ll need to take to a printer to create a board. Please note: These files were created in InDesign. If you do not have the latest version of this program, you will not be able to open the file. However, your printer should be able to and can send you a draft to review.
  3. Instructions for how to properly acknowledge intellectual property rights on the board

Ready, set…go!

Click the image to download a PDF

Click the image to download a PDF 

Click the image to download a PDF

Instructions for Creating a Board

  • Download the files.
  • WordPower
  • Unity
  • LAMP
  • Take these to your local printer. They will request the files, which you can either copy onto a thumb drive or send via a large file transfer service (each zip file is approximately 25 mb).
  • Your printer will help you determine the type of board material and size you will need. We suggest a highly durable material, one that will withstand repeated use and the weather.
  • Once printed, your sign will either need to be mounted to a wall or put on a post.

Terms of Use

  • To use our Core Communication Board templates or icons from our websites, a PRC or Saltillo device or app must be supported in the school or organization.
  • The playground boards (or any low-tech material using these symbols) should not be sold, re-sold, or commercialized.
  • If you are creating a custom board, i.e., not using one of our complete templates as-is, you must include the appropriate copyright statement somewhere on the board:
  • When using MINSPEAK ® symbols from Unity/LAMP Words for Life/UNIDAD: © PRC-Saltillo/Semantic Compaction Systems, Inc.
  • When using SymbolStix ® symbols from WordPower™: © PRC-Saltillo/SymbolStix/Inman Innovations
  • Optional: If you would like to add a website for more information about our AAC systems, please include:

Other Things to Note

PRC-Saltillo cannot accommodate requests for custom designed signs.

If you wish to create a custom design you will need to acquire the appropriate licensing. A subscription to LessonPix will provide access to numerous licensed icons, including Unity and LAMP icons. Icons used on WordPower can be accessed with a SymbolStix PRIME subscription.

PRC-Saltillo Named "Business of the Year"

Posted on 2020-01-27 11:34:56 by Admin under News

PRC-Saltillo has been named the 2020 "Business of the Year" by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce.

The award is presented annually to a business for its longevity in the community, positive impact on the local economy, contributions to the community's well being, their concern for the well being of its employees, and support of the Chamber.

"We're honored to be recognized by the Chamber," said Dave Hershberger, CEO, PRC-Saltillo. "We’ve been a part of this community for over 50 years. Our roots – and our future – are here. We’re proud of our hometown, and we look forward to being part of the community for the next 50 years."

In an interview with the Wooster Daily Record, chamber President Justin Starlin commented on the nomination: "The chamber is excited to recognize PRC-Saltillo with the business of the year, as they have been a business over the years that has … flown under the radar in terms of business success and growth," he said. "Being a homegrown company that is now international in scope, PRC-Saltillo is long overdue in being recognized for their 50-plus years of making a positive difference in the lives of their customers."

The official award ceremony was held January 23, 2020. Check out the feature article!

About the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce

The Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce is a business leadership organization that represents the interests of various sectors of the local economy. Their mission is to foster economic prosperity in the Wooster area by advancing community leadership and supporting the interests of their members and the business community.

Your 2.23 Chat Software Update Awaits!

Posted on 2020-01-24 13:37:14 by Admin under News

In this latest version of the Saltillo Chat Software Update, be on the lookout for cool new features like:

  • The ability to edit borders without limits
  • New button action allowing you to speak the last word in the speech display bar (SDB)
  • WordPower™ enhancements that now include sensory pages and more!

Watch our video to learn about all of these features and more as we walk you through the Saltillo 2.23 Chat Software Update at

Download Today!