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Resource 11

Mr. Symbol Man
THE FILM, 1974

"Blissymbols" are giving children without speech a joyous new means of communication. This film tells the story of a remarkable man, Australian Charles K. Bliss, who invented a symbol language (pictographs) originally as a means of overcoming the barrier of differing languages, and then found that it has an even greater, more rewarding application when used with speech-handicapped children. This is witnessed in Toronto and Montréal, where the Blissymbols are being used.

Directed by

Bruce Moir
Bob Kingsbury

Produced by

Tom Daly
Frank Bagnall
Richard Mason

Written by
Stanley Jackson


Running Time
49 min 09 s

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