Premier Assistive Technology Extends Its Breaking down Barriers Software Grant for Another Year

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Through its innovative “Breaking Down Barriers to Assistive Technology” software grant program, since the Fall of 2002 Premier Assistive Technology has awarded software grants valued at over $29,000,000.00 to schools across the U.S. Premier Assistive Technology software is geared towards any individuals who can benefit from reading / writing assistance and can be a major catalyst of improvement for a school’s literacy initiatives. Due to the accelerating adoption of our grant program nationwide, we are reaching more schools than ever before. In light of this continuing success, Premier Assistive Technology will be extending the program for another year.

The grant program has made a significant impact on the assistive technology market. Now for less than the cost of what a school, quite literally, spends on pencils in a year, a school can provide reading / writing technology to every student each year.

The grant program provides schools with an unlimited site license for 14 products that comprise our Accessibility Suite of reading / writing technologies. The “unlimited site license” allows a school to install the software on every PC in the school. These leading edge tools combined with progressive licensing allows schools to be able to help any and all students, not simply selected groups of individuals with specific needs. Assistive technology can benefit many more students than just those with profound disabilities. Historically, schools could not or would not provide assistive technology to students that were not labeled as having a disability. However, research over the last 10 years clearly indicates that 15-20% of the general population has some degree of reading / writing disability. Hence, there are statistically many more individuals that could benefit from assistive technology that are simply not being served due to this historical limitation of assistive resources. By “removing the traditional barriers of limited software availability”, the grant provides schools with enough products so that they can help everyone. Installing these products campus-wide can make all workstations much more accessible as defined by Federal guidelines.

As one indicator of measurable benefits, we have already seen results from schools that have been able to implement this type of strategy that have found test scores increase significantly within the “at risk” group of students….the very same students that would not have been served previously under traditional assistive technology programs. We have also seen corresponding improvements in general education groups as well when assistive technologies are used across all groups. Such positive results are consistent with the goals of schools seeking to meet the mandates of the No Child Left Behind program. As everyone is aware, under No Child Left Behind, the Government has imposed more requirements for school performance, but funding for schools has not kept pace. The Premier Grant program is an ideal way for schools to be able to “do significantly more with less money”. What was once impossible, is now well within reach for virtually all schools who choose to employ strategies such as these.

“The grant offered by Premier, has given us an opportunity to reach those students who did not qualify for special Ed, or where put into special Ed to gain access to assistive technology. Cost is a big factor, and thanks to the grant we have been able to finally help that at risk group…” J. R. JHS, NY

The Breaking Down Barriers to Assistive Technology Grant Program is available to all schools, colleges, universities, libraries and qualified not-for-profit organizations.

For more information about the grant program or to apply, visit our website at http://www.readingmadeeasy.com or contact:

Premier Assistive Technology

Ken Grisham, President / CEO

1309 N. Williams St

Joliet IL 60435

Phone 815-722-5961

Fax 815-722-8802

Email keng@readingmadeeasy.com

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