AbleNet, The World Leader in Assistive Technology Showcases New Products at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference January 30 - February 2, 2008

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AbleNet will demonstrate their new line of computer access tools, new personal communicator, an automatic pager turner, a wireless switch, and curriculum for special education students.

The ATIA Annual Conference consistently provides unparalleled networking and education for assistive technology industry professionals

St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) January 19, 2008 AbleNet is pleased to announce their participation in the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) 2008 Conference - the premier educational and networking event in assistive technology.

The folks at AbleNet are looking forward to demonstrating their new line of computer access tools, a brand new personal communicator, their infinitely portable automatic pager turner, a new model of their wireless switch, a complete transition solution for student with Individual Education Plans (IEP's), extension materials for the MEville to WEville curriculum and the newly announced adapted classroom publications developed specifically for special education students in collaboration with Weekly Reader.

At this year's conference, AbleNet will showcase its new line of computer access tools, including "Wireless Wave" and "Wave," two versions of an oversized trackball device specifically designed for persons with limited hand control, motor skill difficulty and hand-eye coordination challenges. The company will also introduce "Rock," a mouse alternative that comes with three interchangeable joystick handles, including a straight stem, a t-bar and a large soft ball, and "Cruise," a new breed of mouse that requires no hand or wrist movement whatsoever, instead, users control the speed and direction of the cursor with a single, soft touch of a control ring.

ATIA attendees will also get a look at "Lingo," an eight-message communication aid that is small and light enough to be worn comfortably around the neck or shoulder, or at the waist.

In keeping with the company's long-standing reputation as an advocate for literacy, AbleNet is proud to introduce "Flip," the innovative automatic page turner that allows users to move through the pages of magazines, paperbacks and hardcover books at the push of a button or switch.

AbleNet's Jelly Beamerâ„¢ wireless switch is now available with a built in Wireless Switch Latch and Timer (SLAT). This exciting new product combines the freedom of the Wireless Jelly Beamer switch with the flexibility of a new Jelly Beamer-specific SLAT with three modes of control, including timed seconds, timed minutes, and latch mode, for easy on/off activation of switch-adapted toys and appliances from as far away as 30-feet.

ATIA audiences will also see the unveiling of AbleNet's new Transition Skills System called Nextâ„¢, a complete transition solution for students with IEP's. Next provides a software application for transition team assessments, current and multi year needs checklists used to develop IEP goals while providing consistent measurement tools for team members to deliver accurate and efficient progress reports on individual student achievement.

Perhaps the biggest buzz among special education teachers this year is the collaboration between Weekly Reader and AbleNet, two respected companies that have teamed up to provide scientifically proven content in the form of monthly publications specifically designed for elementary and secondary students. Dubbed "Weekly Reader AbleNet Editions," these unique publications deliver state standard educational content, and are adapted using Boardmaker® picture symbols, an industry standard for differentiated instruction that has been proven effective in providing meaningful literacy and communication experiences to students with complex cognitive disabilities. In addition to the student publications, a specially designed teacher's guide provides instructional strategies, techniques for incorporating assistive technologies and methods for literacy, grade level content, and functional skills development.

Also on the literacy front, AbleNet and Don Johnston together with the Literacy Center created Extending MEville to WEville with Start-to-Finish® Literacy Starters books to build on the scientifically supported literacy curriculum of MEville to WEville©. This package includes MEville to WEville curriculum, additional sets of lessons, and the Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters book series. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about this new product at a special session. Dr. Karen Erickson, Director and Associate Professor at the Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will share the exciting outcomes realized by more than 100 students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities who participated in "Project Converge," a recent research project. This session also includes the end result of Dr. Erickson's research -- a scientifically supported reading program for older students that blends AbleNet's "MEville to WEville" with Don Johnston's "Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters." (Friday, February 1, 2008 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM in Boca 8 Meeting Room).

AbleNet has always been an active participant at ATIA and this year is no different. Ann Meyer, Director of Research and Development for AbleNet will co-present with Dr. JoAnne Caferia on the use of simple communication aids for students with autism. (Thursday, January 31, 2008 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM). Jeanne Schorsch, District Sales Consultant for AbleNet and Mary Sagstetter, Account Manager for AbleNet, will co-present with two of Florida's Assistive Technology Education Network Managers. Together they will share information about a unique curricular program that increases literacy achievement for students with moderate to severe needs. (Thursday, January 31, 2008 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

"The ATIA Annual Conference consistently provides unparalleled networking and education for assistive technology industry professionals," stated Jen Thalhuber, CEO of AbleNet. "AbleNet is proud to participate in this great event and looks forward to providing the conference attendees with a greater knowledge of what we have to offer."

For additional information about ATIA, the conference and its educational and membership offerings, please visit

For additional information about AbleNet and AbleNet products, visit

About AbleNet:
AbleNet offers a complete line of assistive technology products, including communication aids for non-verbal students; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair mounting devices for students who require physical supports; curricular content and software. The company is also recognized for developing research-based special education curricula that meet state and federal mandates.

Located in Roseville, Minnesota, AbleNet is an ESOP company that employs 35 people and sells its products through a network of distributors in 49 countries. AbleNet's products and programs have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms nationally for more than 20 years. For more information, visit

About ATIA
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a not-for-profit membership organization consisting of manufacturers and suppliers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. The ATIA 2008 Conference takes place January 30 - February 2, 2008 at the Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida and marks the eighth annual conference showcasing excellence in assistive technology. For more information visit


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