The beginnings in Ontario

In 1971, a clinical team at the Ontario Crippled Children's Centre (OCCC) in Toronto, Canada (now the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital) began teaching the Blissymbols to children with cerebral palsy. These children were unable to speak in a way that could be understood, but through pointing to the symbols, they began demonstrating their abilities to communicate and to succeed in educational programs. The work begun in Canada was emulated in children's treatment centres and special education schools around the world.