Premier Assistive Technology, Inc., a Leader in Providing Software and Hardware Solutions for Reading and Writing, Becomes Premier Literacy

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Premier Assistive Technology, Inc., a leader in providing software and hardware solutions for reading and writing, is changing its name to Premier Literacy.

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Premier Assistive Technology, Inc., a leader in providing software and hardware solutions for reading and writing, becomes Premier Literacy.

Kenneth Grisham, President / CEO, explains, "Since its inception, Premier Assistive quickly recognized that tools geared toward facilitation and improvement of reading and writing could deliver benefits to much broader populations of students and adults than the narrowly-defined groups traditionally served by 'assistive technologies.' Our perspective is that literacy tools should be available to everyone. In order for that to be practical, not only must these technologies be affordable, but they must serve current and future literacy needs. This means nothing less than a 'paradigm shift' to shatter the myths of 'how' and 'why' technologies must be used to address literacy challenges, in school, in the workplace and in our homes. The name 'Premier Literacy' reflects our recognition of the role that literacy tools will play in the digital world of the 21st century and our continuing commitment to be at the forefront of this field. Premier Literacy is not only making significant investments in its own products and services, but is also collaborating with other organizations and institutions on initiatives to drive much-needed change in the framework of literacy for both schools and the mainstream workplace."

Dr. Steve Timmer, VP of Research, elaborates further: "It simply doesn't matter WHY you can't read, whether it's due to a cognitive processing difficulty, a physical vision problem or a cultural challenge (e.g. English as a Second Language). The fact that anyone struggles to read and write means that literacy technologies can help them. That is why Premier Literacy is making it possible for students and adults everywhere to have access to the tools that can make a wholesale difference in their life. With the accelerating shift to a world of digital content, shortfalls in literacy skills are a greater liability than ever before. Literacy in the 21st century has become so much more than just 'reading a book.' Just consider that systems like Google, Facebook, MySpace, wikis, etc. barely existed only 3 years ago. Now think about the future only 3 short years from now. There is a rapid growing universe of content that WILL NEVER APPEAR IN A HARDCOPY BOOK. Literacy skills must now include the ability to not only 'read' content, but to 'search,' 'find,' 'sort,' 'filter,' 'summarize,' 'translate,' 'download,' 'convert to audio,' 'communicate / collaborate online' and 'even publish to the Internet.' Premier Literacy's core commitment is to target our energies and resources to drive innovation in the development of solutions to meet all of these current literacy needs and those that will materialize in the future."

To learn more about Premier Literacy's new products, services and strategies, please visit their website at

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