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Inclusive Technology Purchases the Assets of Don Johnston Special Needs

Inclusive Technology Ltd has purchased the trade, goodwill, operations, stock and debtors of UK company Don Johnston Special Needs Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. Don Johnston started the UK company 12 years ago to distribute products developed by the U.S. based Don Johnston, Inc.

Don Johnston, Inc., is the leading assistive technology company in the United States. Inclusive has additionally entered into a partnership with them to publish and promote their existing range of products in the UK.

"This new venture is great news for UK customers. It will allow us to offer an even broader range of products and expertise, particularly for learners who have difficulty reading and writing," said Martin Littler, Chairman of Inclusive Technology.

"Don Johnston has long been known for its experience in supporting learners with dyslexia and for highly popular products like Co:Writer 7, Write:Outloud 6 and Read:Outloud 6. We can now bring the best possible support to these learners, and at the best possible prices - in spite of dramatic fluctuations in exchange rates."

Inclusive is already offering new, great value bundles for those who need extra support in developing their writing skills. The AlphaSmart Neo One is available with Co:Writer for Neo plus a carry case and USB cable for just £210. Neo is a small, light note taker with word processing capability.

Inclusive is also offering Co:Writer 6 and an installation pen drive along with an Asus EEE PC 1000 miniBook with full Windows XP Home computing capability for just £355. Asus miniBooks combine the portability and quick-start of a PDA with the functionality of a laptop - perfect for pupils to use at home, at school or on the move.

Martin Littler said: "Don Johnston's Co:Writer has long been known for its powerful word prediction capabilities that help students who face significant challenges with spelling and grammar. Now, combined with mobile computing technology, pupils can have access to the extra help they need, anytime, anywhere."

Inclusive will also offer special school-wide licensing for Read:OutLoud, Don Johnston's accessible text reader that provides reading support for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

From 2nd February 2009 Inclusive will also provide full support for all of the products supplied by Don Johnston Special Needs. Don Johnston staff, Jamie Munro and Andy Ross, will join the team at Inclusive.

Don Johnston founded Don Johnston Inc. in 1980 and did not begin reading until he was 14. His story is documented in his book Building Wings. He said: "I have known Martin Littler for many years and it is a great pleasure to work more closely together. All children deserve the opportunities and experiences that literacy brings and I'm confident this partnership will bring literacy support within reach of more pupils than ever."

For further details contact:

Inclusive Technology
Tel: 01457 819790


Editor's Notes

Co:Writer
Co:Writer is a powerful word prediction tool that cuts through the most challenging writing barriers to improve written expression. Co:Writer's proprietary FlexSpellT technology interprets phonetic and inventive spelling and offers correct word choices that are read out loud to the pupil. Hundreds of included topic dictionaries help pupils spell names, places, objects and unique topic-specific adjectives and verbs.

Inclusive Technology
Inclusive Technology provides the very best special educational needs software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids and assistive technology for learners with a physical disability, sensory impairment or learning difficulty. As well as their own resources such as the SwitchIt!, ReadIt! and Choose and Tell software series, Inclusive offers the best from AbleNet, AMDi, Crick, IntelliTools, Keytools, Maxess, Mayer Johnson, SoftTouch, Traxsys, Widgit and others.

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