Pearson Announces New HTMLbooksTM For Students with Disabilities and Struggling Learners

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Technology Innovation Provides Equity for All at the Click of a Mouse; First Releases in High School Literature, Biology, Economics, and Government

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Pearson HMTLbooks reflect our commitment to meeting student's individualized learning needs, as they are comprised of the full core content of the print book, including both text and images, and are based on state standards to help prepare learners of all abilities for their state assessments.

At the Assistive Technology Industry Association's (ATIA) conference in Chicago, the education services and technology company Pearson today announced new Pearson HTMLbooks™, digital versions of the company's course materials designed for students with learning, print, speech and language disabilities; auditory learners; children with autism; struggling readers; and homeschoolers.

The first of many to come, HTMLbooks are available currently for the titles Prentice Hall Literature 2010, Magruders American Government, Prentice Hall Economics and Miller & Levine Biology. Additional mathematics titles in the subjects of Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry will be available in January 2010. The Pearson HTMLbooks are available for the same price as the print book.

"This fall, nearly 50 million students headed back to school, and approximately 6.5 million of these were students with diverse needs. Recognizing the importance of differentiated instruction and the need for curriculum that is useful and meaningful to all students, Pearson is expanding schools' accessible curricular options and breaking down barriers to learning through technology with our HTMLbooks," said Emily Swenson, Executive Vice President, Product Management. She added, "Pearson HMTLbooks reflect our commitment to meeting student's individualized learning needs, as they are comprised of the full core content of the print book, including both text and images, and are based on state standards to help prepare learners of all abilities for their state assessments."

Pearson HTMLbooks are particularly appropriate for students with reading and print disabilities, like dyslexia, blindness or low vision, who rely on assistive technology, such as adaptive keyboards and text readers, to access their educational content. Pearson worked with four assistive technology partners: textHELP, Kurzweil Educational Systems, Don Johnston and gh, to ensure Pearson HTMLbooks were compatible with the leading technology applications that increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.

Jennifer Edge-Savage, Director of Implementation Services at Cambium Learning Technologies, parent company of Kurzweil Educational Systems, said of the collaboration with Pearson, "Pearson's new HTMLbooks are a significant step in the right direction to ensure that all students have access to high quality curriculum. Pearson's HTMLbooks are fully compatible with our industry leading Kurzweil 3000 text-to-speech software solution to support students who struggle with reading, writing and studying. We're committed to continuing our partnership with Pearson as they further develop and expand their HTMLbook offerings."

Pearson's HTMLbooks are distributed on CD-ROMs and available for purchase at http://www.pearsonschool.com/htmlbooks. All titles run on the Windows and Apple operating systems and include an interactive table of contents, "go-to-page" functionality and additional features like full keyboard access and the ability to skip navigation links.

An example of a Pearson HTMLbook, Pearson's Miller & Levine Biology, can be accessed at http://media.pearsoncmg.com/ebookplus/cg/html_test/Biology/index.html. A live demonstration of a Pearson HTMLbook will take place at ATIA's conference on Friday, October 30. To learn more about Pearson HTMLbooks, visit http://www.pearsonschool.com/htmlbooks.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to http://www.pearson.com.

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