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Emergency Communication4ALL1, 2

Boardmaker symbols for Emergency, Communicate, and We

Diane Nelson Bryen, Ph.D.
Temple University


Communication during times of emergency is critical. However, many individuals may not communicate effectively due to their disability, injury, or shock. For others, spoken English may not be effective as well.

Since communication is so important, we have developed free downloadable communication aids in English and Spanish. These aids can be used during times of emergency when spoken English or Spanish may not effective.

We have researched what words are needed during and after emergencies. These words can be found at http://disabilities.temple.edu/aacvocabulary/EMERGENCY.shtml.

Boardmaker symbols for DisabilitiesIf you are a person with a disability or someone who doesn't speak English that well these communication aids may help you.

Boardmaker symbols for DisabilitiesIf you are a person who does not hear well or read well these communication aids may help you too.

Boardmaker symbol for EmergencyIf you are an emergency responder, having these communication aids may improve your communication with

  • a person with a disability
  • someone who doesn't hear so well
  • someone who doesn't speak English or Spanish well

In addition to the Emergency Communication 4 ALL communication aids, read Tips for Communicating with Someone Who Needs Assistance.

I. Emergency Communication 4 ALL—Picture Communication Aid

English(PDF-394KB) | Spanish (PDF-845KB) | Haitian Creole (PDF-410KB)

This communication aid has pictures of important words. It also has some important phrases and a small letter "keyboard." On the back is a personal information form to be filled out by you, by a family member, a familiar support person, your doctor, or by an emergency responder.

Individuals who need communication assistance can download this communication aid in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole. Then it can be carried with you in case of an emergency.

An emergency responder or health care provider can also download the English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole Picture Communication Aids. You can keep it handy for anyone who needs communication assistance in an emergency.

In order to download the Emergency Communication 4 ALL—Picture Board, follow these simple directions:

Directions for Downloading and Printing.

  1. Click on the link and if you have Adobe Reader, a 2-page PDF will be downloaded to your computer. (Get Adobe reader for PDFIf you do not have Adobe Reader, you should download it now).
  2. You will note that the PDF has 2 pages—one with the Emergency Communication 4 ALL—Picture Communication Aid and one with the Personal Information Form. The size of both pages is 8 1/2 by 14 inches. In order to print it out you will need to have a printer and printer paper that can handle this size PDF.
  3. If you do not have a printer and the right size paper for printout, you have three options:
    1. Reduce the size of the PDF and print it on regular size paper, or
    2. Take the electronic file to a printing store for printing on larger size paper, or
    3. A limited number of printed copies in English and Spanish are available for a shipping and handling fee of $5.00. Order from our Publications page.
  4. Once you have printed the 2 pages, paste them back-to-back. You can also put them in a plastic page sleeve or file folder.
    1. Fill out the Personal Information Form with your vital information; and
    2. Carry the Emergency Communication 4 ALL—Picture Communication Aid with you at all times. You never know when you will need it!

II. Emergency Communication 4 ALL—Letter and Word Communication Aid

English (PDF-376KB) | Spanish (PDF-425KB)

This letter and word/phrase board can be used with someone who needs communication assistance and who can read and spell. On the back of this communication aid is a personal information form to be filled out by you, by a family member, a familiar support person, your doctor, or by an emergency responder.

Individuals who need communication assistance can download this communication aid in either English or Spanish. However, you must be able to read and spell to use it. Then it can be carried with you in case of an emergency.

An emergency responder or health care provider can also download the English and Spanish Letter and Word Communication Aids. You can keep it handy for anyone who needs communication assistance in an emergency as long as they can read and spell.

Directions for Downloading and Printing.

  1. Click on the link and if you have Adobe Reader, a 2-page PDF will be downloaded to your computer. (Get Adobe reader for PDFIf you do not have Adobe Reader, you should download it now).
  2. You will note that the PDF has 2 pages—one with the Emergency Communication 4 ALL – Letter and Word Communication Aid and one with the Personal Information Form. The size of both pages is 8 1/2 by 14 inches. In order to print it out you will need to have a printer and printer paper that can handle this size PDF.
  3. If you do not have a printer and the right size paper for this printout, you have three options:
    1. Reduce the size of the PDF and print it on regular size paper, or
    2. Take the electronic file to a printing store for printing on larger size paper, or
    3. A limited number of printed copies in English or Spanish are available for a shipping and handling fee of $5.00. Order from our Publications page.
  4. Once you have printed the 2 pages, paste them back-to-back. You can also put them in a plastic page sleeve or file folder.
    1. Fill out the Personal Information Form with your vital information; and
    2. Carry the Emergency Communication 4 ALL—Letter and Word Communication Aid with you at all times. You never know when you will need it!

In addition to the Emergency Communication 4 ALL communication aids, read Tips for Communicating with Someone Who Needs Assistance.

1 Special thanks to the contributions made by Rachel Ravitch, Research Assistant at the Institute on Disabilities and Pamela Kennedy, AAC-RERC Writers Brigade & United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication."

2 The work was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research#H133E0330018.


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