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AbleNet Launches ‘Remarkable Idea’ Program to Honor Innovative Uses of Assistive Technology and Special Education Tools
By: Business Wire
Jan. 19, 2010 12:07 PM
AbleNet announces the launch of the 2010 ‘Remarkable Idea’ program in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Throughout the year the company is requesting worldwide submissions of innovative applications of assistive technology (AT) and special education tools from educators, parents, users, therapists and other professionals.
“AbleNet has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most innovative professionals and users of assistive technology and educational solutions for persons with a broad range of disabilities,” states Jen Thalhuber, CEO of AbleNet, Inc. “The year 2010 is our 25th anniversary and we will be honoring these innovators by collecting their stories and celebrating the accomplishments of the 25 most creative uses of our AT and special education solutions. We hope that others will be inspired by these innovative stories and either adapt these ideas for themselves or develop new adaptations that meet their unique needs.”
All the ‘Remarkable Idea’ submissions will be collected throughout the year either online at www.ablenetinc.com or at the numerous national and international professional conferences that AbleNet attends in 2010. Written and/or video submissions are encouraged. Special promotions will also be held at many of the premier professional conferences being held globally, for example, at the upcoming ATIA conference being held in Orlando. Many of these special conference promotions will include the video taping of users and professionals discussing or demonstrating their ‘Remarkable Idea.’
“Word is spreading and we anticipate getting many ‘Remarkable Idea’ submissions from around the world,” said Adam Wing, Vice President of International Business at AbleNet, Inc. “Countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North America are doing incredible work by ingeniously combining products to stimulate the development of motor and cognitive skills in new and fun ways.”
Dr. Tony Jones of the UK is an example of innovation where his ‘Forever Blowing Bubbles’ uses simple and affordable tools to help children develop these skills by enjoying the fun activity of blowing bubbles with the use of access, communication and environmental control devices.
AbleNet will be documenting and preserving these stories, milestones, events, public policy changes and other accomplishments from individuals, whether they are professional or not, and from groups representing consumers and professionals. These stories will be posted throughout the year on the AbleNet website.
AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. This includes a complete line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair mounting devices for people who require physical supports; and special education classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning progress. The products are represented in more than 60 countries and used in hundreds of thousands of classrooms in the United States and across the globe. AbleNet is an ESOP company located in Roseville, Minnesota. For more information visit www.ablenetinc.com.
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