The Universal Core vocabulary is a set of 36 highly useful single words that can be used alone or in combination to communicate for a range of purposes on countless topics with a wide variety of communication partners. The Universal Core vocabulary is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Several formats are available to support student access through direct pointing or touch, eye gaze selection, and partner-assisted scanning. High contrast versions are available to address the needs of some students with visual impairments and 3D symbols are available for students who are blind. Additionally, the Universal Core vocabulary is available on many communication apps and speech generating devices.
This tool is designed to help you determine which of the common Universal Core vocabulary formats might be a good fit for the student(s) you support. After you answer the questions, you will be directed to the format that is likely a good place to start.
A list of application and SGD product keys that have been created by companies to assist with integrating Universal Core vocabulary with devices and systems your students may step into or are already using.
Three-dimensional (3D) symbols designed to represent select core words.
A layout designed for students to have personal access to all day to communicate, and for teachers to use while modeling.
The poster layout is best suited to small group or whole class instruction.
A 9 page universal core communication book with 4 words/symbols on each page.
A 4 page universal core communication book with 9 words/symbols on each page.
A 9 page universal core partner-assisted communication book with 4 words/symbols on each page.
9-page Universal Core book with symbols in each corner of see-through pages.
A 6 page universal core communication book with 6 words/symbols on each page.
A 3 page universal core partner-assisted communication book with 6 words/symbols on each page.