Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) January 8, 2008
Raising the bar for augmentative communication, QCharm, led by Denise Meissner, is dedicating the new year to improving and expanding its patent pending Portable Visual Cueing System. With a recently signed license from Mayer-Johnson, one of the leading augmentative communication companies in the United States, QCharm now offers over 4,500 charms in 45 different languages. QCharm is the only company that can customize a wristband with removable charms to display Boardmaker images.
With the United States Center for Disease Control reporting the 1:150 incidence of Autism, there is an enormous need for providing the Autism community with affordable, low-tech, discrete, and portable visual cues. There is also a demand for the images to be consistent from one setting to the next. When Denise Meissner's son was diagnosed with Autism, she understood that her personal experience with this staggering statistic was her call to action.
For the past year QCharm has been expanding to different areas of the world and has been very well received. They have seen a great increase in demand for their Spanish charms from customers in Southern American countries who have been wishing for a product like this. For a company who did not plan on entering the global arena so quickly, QCharm is now translating their brochures into different languages.
QCharm believes that each and every product shipped will raise the quality of life for each person who has autism. One particular QCharm customer was so impressed with how quickly her student responded to the system that she described the event in a letter. Lou Godfrey, a special educator for the Chapel Forge School System (Maryland), explains: "I used the bracelet with a student who has intense sensory needs and needs frequent sensory breaks throughout the day. The first time I put the bracelet on the student, I modeled how to communicate his choice of sensory activity during a scheduled sensory break. He imitated my use of the bracelet, verbalizing while he pointed to the appropriate symbols. Less than ten minutes later, he spontaneously and independently used the bracelet to tell me that he needed a break and made a sensory choice."