What is Symbly?

Symbly is a new way to create, share, and go with visual supports, communication boards, visual schedules, social stories, and more.

The primary design goals of Symbly are to provide a new tool for special education that:

  • Makes it easy for beginners to create visual supports through the support of templates and examples created by experts
  • Provides the tools that power users need to quickly create, manage, and share an entire library of visual supports
  • Promotes a healthy community of parents and professionals focused on creating visual supports utilizing best practices
  • Features an easy-to-use editor with great image search, drag-and-drop editing, and more
  • Runs completely in the web browser without the need for any special plugins (no Flash, Silverlight, etc.) and is accessible from anywhere in the world
  • Connects parents and therapists together more than ever before through ease of use, sharing capabilities, and real-time collaborative editing
  • Provides the best mobile experience possible, to allow you to view and edit your supports on the go.

You can also read more about the general philosophy behind Symbly in the aptly named post on our blog: Welcome to Symbly.

The Team

Lindsay Dutton, MA CCC-SLP, Co-Founder

Lindsay has more than 10 years experience working with children with Autism and multiple disabilities. She is passionate about assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication. Creating Symbly was a natural extension of Lindsay’s desire to have the best tools to work with. Frustrated with the fragmented state of visual support creation, Lindsay set out to create an all-in-one solution that worked both on the desktop and mobile devices, with sharing and community features built right in. She’s an expert on all things visual support and communication, and this expertise has been engineered into the core of Symbly from the very beginning.

Riley Dutton, Co-Founder

Riley is a developer with more than 7 years experience building high-quality web applications for a variety of industries. His ultimate goal is always to take complex, time-consuming tasks and make them as quick and easy as possible. Riley knows that building great software is all about the user experience, and many times that means offering fewer options, not more. Inspired by Lindsay’s ideas, he works hard to bring a new level of innovation and polish to special education software.