How Creative Recognized for Innovation

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Cynthia Howroyd celebrates with fellow innovators at Manning Awards reception

Sometimes innovation happens in unexpected ways. A woman who demonstrates this is entrepreneur Cynthia Howroyd, currently President of the e-learning company How Creative Solutions (http://www.howcreative.org). Cynthia was honored in Halifax Wednesday evening along with 5 other Atlantic nominees for the 2011 Manning Innovation Awards. Atlantic Chapter Chair and former winner Wayd McNally presented her with a certificate of recognition for her online innovation “AutismPro”. “Its great that we are celebrating our innovative success in this region,” she said, “since it encourages other entrepreneurs with ideas to realize them.”

AutismPro is an online computer program for supporting the teaching of children with autism (http://www.autismpro.com). The product is now being used by thousands of teachers throughout North America and the world.

Cynthia, a Speech Language Pathologist with a specialty in autism services, created AutismPro after a car accident left her for a time unable to see her families. An innovative problem-solver by nature, she imagined the idea of a ‘virtual clinic’ which could reduce costs and increase accessibility to services. The result of her efforts was an online software product that has won several awards. It has also been endorsed by the Council for Exceptional Children, a leading teacher’s organization in the United States.

AutismPro was recently sold to an autism services company based in California, Trumpet Behavioral Health. Since then Cynthia has begun a new endeavour, How Creative Solutions, to put small to medium sized business' training online (http://www.howcreative.org). “Entrepreneurs can’t stop once they get going,” she explained with a grin. “I am excited to bring e-learning and online training to industries like health and education that need it and haven’t seen it before.” Already Cynthia says she is working with clients in Washington, DC and the Atlantic provinces. “I am happiest when I am challenged,” she said, “and creating e-learning in uniquely affordable ways is a wonderful new challenge for me.”

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