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Auditory Sciences to Demonstrate Products for the Hard-of-Hearing and Deaf Communities at ATIA's Chicago Conference

Submitted by teej on Jan<br>&nbsp;02

November 1, 2011, Northfield, MN – Auditory Sciences, LLC., the developer of suite of communications products for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities, announced today that they will be demonstrating their complete line of products at the upcoming ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) conference and providing examples of how they are being used in educational and workplace settings. With these products, speech is instantly transcribed, displayed, and if desired, translated to a second language. As one example, students that are Hard-of-Hearing are combining a wireless microphone with Interact-AS to generate an instant transcript of classroom conversations. This provides a direct and low cost alternative to other approaches such as remote CART services. The ATIA conference will be held Nov 3-5, 2011 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, which is located just outside of Chicago, IL. The products will be demonstrated in CaDan's Technology for Education booth, which is booth 419. Stop by the booth to register for a free copy of Interact-AS plus a Spanish Translation Module.

In addition to the demonstrations, on Thursday, November 4th at 8 AM, Robert Palmquist, President & CEO of Auditory Sciences' parent company SpeechGear, will be giving a presentation titled, Classroom Inclusion of Students that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and at 3 PM that same day he will be giving a presentation titled, Supporting Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals in the Workplace.

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.
Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing products specifically to support the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. The firm's Interact-AS product suite assists the Hard-of-Hearing community by instantly transcribing conversations and other forms of speech, and the Deaf community by enabling individuals to directly communicate with people who do not know sign language. These products can be used anywhere, anytime, and even to communicate in multiple languages. To learn more about the firm and the Interact-AS product suite, please Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com.

About SpeechGear, Inc.
Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com.

Information on Technology for Education
Technology for Education (TFE) is a distributor of numerous products including those from Auditory Sciences and SpeechGear. TFE specializes in Assistive Technology and learning products for professionals, educators or anyone working with young children and people with special needs. Our philosophy is that we are the company that sells the whole solution for every student. Academic pricing is available for Computer Hardware, Peripherals, Software and other Audio or Video Electronic products. We have assisted hundreds of school districts, hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, businesses, and individuals seeking assistive devices and educational software solutions. To learn more about TFE, visit us at www.tfeinc.com or give us a call at 800-370-0047.

Information on ATIA 2011
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities. Its mission is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. Since 1999, ATIA has held an annual conference that provides a forum for education and communication to professional practitioners serving those with disabilities. In conjunction with its conferences, ATIA holds a Leadership Forum and Workshop on Accessibility which provides corporations, government agencies, and higher educational institutions with the information needed to expand their accessibility efforts.

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Supporting Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Individuals in the Workplace

Submitted by teej on Jan<br>&nbsp;02

October 4, 2011, Northfield, MN – Auditory Sciences, LLC., the developer of suite of communications products for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities, announced today that they will be presenting a seminar at the Closing-the-Gap Conference on Supporting Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Individuals in the Workplace.

• Does your workplace have employees or potential customers that are deaf or hard-of-hearing or do not have the ability to speak?

• Are you not sure what your firm needs to do to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

If so, this seminar is designed for you. Information will be provided on the ADA and a brief overview of what your organization needs to do to meet these requirements. You will also be given information on free resources you can use to get advice for your specific situation(s), plus some general recommendations that you can do to make your workplace a supportive environment. Included in the presentation will be demonstrations of new affordable technologies that enable communications for all of your employees, including those with disabilities, plus information on government programs that assist your firm in paying the cost of these systems.

The Closing the Gap conference is being held at the DoubleTree Conference Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota from October 12-14, 2011. This presentation will be given on Oct. 13th, starting at 2 PM.

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.
Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing products specifically to support the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. The firm's Interact-AS product suite assists the Hard-of-Hearing community by instantly transcribing conversations and other forms of speech, and the Deaf community by enabling individuals to directly communicate with people who do not know sign language. These products can be used anywhere, anytime, and even to communicate in multiple languages. Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com to learn more about the firm and the Interact-AS line of products.

About SpeechGear, Inc.
Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com to find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products.

Information on Closing the Gap
Closing The Gap's annual international conference, Assistive Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation, is held each fall in Minneapolis, MN, exploring the many ways that technology is being used to enhance the lives of people with special needs. To learn more about the conference, please visit www.closingthegap.com.

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Classroom Inclusion of Students that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Submitted by teej on Jan<br>&nbsp;02

September 30, 2011, Northfield, MN – Auditory Sciences, LLC., the developer of suite of communications products for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities, announced today that they will be presenting a seminar at the Closing the Gap Conference on the best practices for inclusion of students that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the classroom. This includes K-12, as well as university and college settings. Four main aspects will be discussed:

(1) Recommendations for setting up the listening, visual and seating environment within your classroom to make it communications-friendly for the students;

(2) Suggestions for partnership between regular education and deaf/hard-of-hearing teachers;

(3) Best practice recommendations for higher education settings (universities and colleges) and planning for the transition of a student from K-12 to higher education settings;

and (4) New technologies that help minimize the inefficiency of the "triangle of communication" between the student, an interpreter (or scriber) and the teacher/professor.

 

The Closing the Gap conference is being held at the DoubleTree Conference Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota from October 12-14, 2011. This presentation will be given on Oct. 12th, starting at 12:30PM.

 

 

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing products specifically to support the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. The firm’s Interact-AS product suite assists the Hard-of-Hearing community by instantly transcribing conversations and other forms of speech, and the Deaf community by enabling individuals to directly communicate with people who do not know sign language. These products can be used anywhere, anytime, and even to communicate in multiple languages. Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com to learn more about the firm and the Interact-AS line of products.

 

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com to find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products.

 

Information on Closing the Gap

Closing The Gap's annual international conference, Assistive Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation, is held each fall in Minneapolis, MN, exploring the many ways that technology is being used to enhance the lives of people with special needs. To learn more about the conference, please visit www.closingthegap.com. ###

National Institute of Justice Presentation

Submitted by teej on Jan<br>&nbsp;02

June 4, 2011, Northfield, MN – SpeechGear Inc., the leading provider of instant language translation products, announced today that they have accepted an invitation from the Institute of Justice to present a seminar at the Innovative Technologies for Corrections Conference on the use of their Compadre Suite for communicating with offenders that do not understand English. Joining in this presentation will be staff members of the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St. Cloud that have been using the Compadre suite in their daily operations to hold conversations with Spanish speaking offenders. These systems are being used extensively in the facilities intake processing operations as well as the medical facilities. This conference is being sponsored by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center of Excellence (NLETCTC) and is being held June 13-14 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com to find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products.

Information on the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) brings technology closer to the frontlines through the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) System. Originally created in 1994 as a program of NIJ's Office of Science and Technology, the NLECTC System plays a critical role in enabling NIJ to carry out its critical mission to assist state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice agencies in addressing their technology needs and challenges. To learn more about NLECTC please visit www.justnet.org.

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Auditory Sciences to Demonstrate Products at the 2011 Hearing Loss Association Convention

Submitted by teej on Jan<br>&nbsp;02

June 2, 2011, NORTHFIELD, MN – AUDITORY SCIENCES, LLC., a leading developer of communication products for individuals with disabilities, announced today that they will be demonstrating their complete line of products at the upcoming Hearing Loss Convention which is being held June 16-19, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Auditory Sciences will be teaming with one of their distribution partners, Harris Communications, in showcasing these items.

The following are few of the example applications that will be demonstrated.
- Individuals who are Deaf are directly communicating with people who do not know sign language;
- People that are Hard-of-Hearing are using Interact-AS's instant closed-captioned transcript feature (less than a 500 msec delay) to improve their cognition rate of what is being said, be it a conversation, a conference room discussion, a radio broadcast, or a video program;
- People that have difficulty writing or typing are using their voice to type memos, answer test questions, or generate text for presentations, documents and emails;
- Individuals that have difficulty speaking are using Interact-AS to voice aloud whatever they write or type using a voice of appropriate gender and cadence;
- People that have difficulty reading are using Interact-AS to have document read aloud to them;
- With the optional Language Modules, Interact-AS is removing language barriers by instantly translating conversations to and from over 30 foreign languages;
- Plus, with Interact-AS individuals are rapidly learning and immediately holding conversations in a desired second language (e.g., EEL/ESL as well as foreign languages like Spanish, Chinese, French and German).

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.
Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing communications products for individuals with disabilities. These products significantly reduce the cost, increase the accessibility and improve the quality of communications for these individuals. To learn more about the firm, please visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com.

About SpeechGear, Inc.
Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com.

Information on the Hearing Loss Association
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation's leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 36 million (17 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings throughout life.

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SpeechGear's Instant Translation Products Now Support Thirty-Five Languages

Submitted by teej on Mar<br>&nbsp;30

March 30, 2011, Northfield, MN – SpeechGear, the industry leader in instant translation systems, announces the immediate availability of their new remote server module that extends SpeechGear's patented instant translation capabilities to 35 languages. Versions of SpeechGear's entire Compadre® suite of conversation and document translation products are now available that enable instant bi-directional translation between American or British English and the following languages:

• Arabic • Bulgarian • Chinese Simplified • Chinese Traditional
• Czech • Danish • Dutch • Estonian • Finnish • French • German
• Greek • Hebrew • Hungarian • Indonesian • Italian • Japanese
• Korean • Latvian • Lithuanian • Norwegian • Polish • Portuguese
• Russian • Slovak • Slovenian • Spanish • Romanian • Swedish
• Thai • Turkish • Ukrainian • Vietnamese

With these products, you can now hold conversations with individuals using any of these languages, plus instantly translate documents such as Microsoft Word® files or PowerPoint® presentations. To support individuals with disabilities, the remote server module will also soon be available with the Interact-AS Suite that has been developed by SpeechGear's subsidiary, Auditory Sciences.

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com to find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products.

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that has developed a suite of communication products for individuals with disabilities. The firm is the recipient of this year's STAR award for assistive technology. Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an e-mail to info@auditorysciences.com to learn more about the firm and their suite of communication products.

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Auditory Sciences Selected as Assistive Technology Innovator of the Year

Submitted by teej on Mar<br>&nbsp;23

March 23, 2011, ST. PAUL, MN, Five Minnesota citizens, educators and organizations will be recognized April 5 in a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda as champions of removing barriers to independence for people with disabilities. The STAR Program's “Awards for Excellence in Assistive Technology” honor individuals and groups for championing the removal of barriers to independence through the use of assistive technology (AT). AT is any device that maintains, improves or increases function at home, school, work and in the community. Examples of AT range from a magnifier for printed materials and a ramp for accessing a building or home to software that generates speech, reads text, controls appliances and performs computer tasks. Please join us as we recognize this year’s recipients as pioneers in the field of assistive technology.

 

The five recipients of this year’s awards, by category, are:

Innovator – Auditory Sciences

Consumer – Tana Vogele

Advocate –Richard Brown

Educators – Erika Kluge Frake; Debbie Bock

 

The fifth annual Awards for Excellence in Assistive Technology will be presented during a ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the State Capitol Rotunda. A reception in the Great Hall follows the awards ceremony.

 

About the STAR Program

STAR is Minnesota’s Assistive Technology Act Program, administered through the Minnesota Department of Administration. The STAR program is federally funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364). For more information about assistive technology and the STAR Program, visit the STAR website at www.starprogram.state.mn.us.

 

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing communication products for the Special Needs communities. Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an e-mail to info@auditorysciences.com to learn more about the firm and their suite of products.

 

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm that is removing the language barrier by developing a complete line of products that instantly translate whatever you see, hear, say, read, write or type. Visit www.speechgear.com to find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products.

 

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Avoid Costly Litigation by Ensuring that Your Firm is in Compliance with the ADA

Submitted by teej on Feb<br>&nbsp;06

FEBRUARY 1, 2011, NORTHFIELD, MN - Recently the Justice Department has filed lawsuits and reached settlements with a variety of firms that were not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The most recent settlement was with H&R Block. This action by the Justice Department follows many similar agreements with firms such as Hilton Hotels, AMC Movie Theaters and QuikTrip Gas Stations.

In the settlement, the Justice Department reaffirmed that the ADA prohibits discrimination against customers with disabilities by businesses that serve the public. Among other items, the ADA requires tax preparation services, accountants, lawyers, doctors and other businesses to provide equal access to customers who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.

To ensure compliance with the ADA and thereby avoid costly litigation, firms are deploying Auditory Sciences' Interact-AS product suite. Interact-AS is a low cost, high performing solution that enables communications for all your employees and customers. It runs directly on your existing computers, making it affordable and easy to implement and maintain. Visit www.AuditorySciences.com to learn more about Interact-AS and how it is being used to remove communication barriers throughout the world.

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.
Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing communications products for the Different Abled community. These products significantly reduce the cost, increase the accessibility and improve the quality of communications for these individuals. To learn more about the firm, please Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com.

About SpeechGear, Inc.
Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com.

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Justice Department Reaches Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement with H&R Block

Submitted by teej on Feb<br>&nbsp;06

JAN 31, 2011, WASHINGTON D.C. - The Justice Department today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with HRB Tax Group Inc., H&R Block Tax Services LLC and HRB Advance LLC (H&R Block) to ensure effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the provision of income tax preparation services and courses at more than 11,000 owned and franchised offices nationwide.

The settlement agreement, which resolves an ADA complaint filed by an individual who is deaf, requires, among other things, that H&R Block furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including sign language interpreter services, when necessary to afford a person who is deaf or hard of hearing equal access to the goods, services and accommodations made available to others.

“By signing this agreement, H&R Block has affirmed its commitment to providing effective communication with people who are deaf and hard of hearing not only at their tax preparation offices in San Antonio, where the complaint originated, but at their locations across the country,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The agreement will ensure that individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing have equal access to tax preparation services at more than 11,000 offices nationwide.”

The agreement requires that H&R Block:

- Provide auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing when necessary to ensure effective communication of its tax preparation services, programs and courses;

- Adopt and enforce a policy on effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing for all H&R Block offices nationwide, post the policy on its websites and in its employee manuals, and distribute the policy to current and new employees and contractors;

- Establish and maintain a list of sign language interpreter providers;

- Post and maintain in a conspicuous location in all reception areas of H&R Block offices a notice stating that individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing have a right under the ADA to request a sign language or oral interpreter or other form of auxiliary aid or service if needed;

- Provide staff training on the ADA and H&R Block's obligations to provide effective communication to individuals with disabilities;

- Monitor franchisees' compliance with this requirement consistent with monitoring of compliance with the franchise agreements and other requirements of federal, state or local laws; and

- Pay $5,000 damages to the individual who filed an ADA complaint and a $20,000 civil penalty.

The ADA prohibits discrimination against customers with disabilities by businesses that serve the public. Among other things, the ADA requires tax preparation services, accountants, lawyers, doctors and other businesses to provide equal access to customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. When services such as tax preparation involve important, lengthy or complex oral communications with customers, businesses are generally required to provide qualified sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids, free of charge, to individuals who are deaf, are hard of hearing or have speech disabilities. Other auxiliary aids may include the use of relay services for telephone communication, exchanging notes for brief and uncomplicated communications, providing assistive listening systems and receivers in classes for attendees who are hard of hearing, and providing captioned videos. The appropriate auxiliary aid to be provided depends on a variety of factors including the nature, length and importance of the communication; the communication skills and knowledge of the individual who is deaf or hard of hearing; and the individual's stated need for a particular type of auxiliary aid.

Auxiliary aids must also be provided for individuals who are blind or have low vision, such as materials in Braille, large print or accessible electronic formats such as email or HTML, qualified readers and assistance in filling out forms.
Those interested in finding out more about this agreement or businesses' effective communication obligations under the ADA may call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its ADA website at www.ada.gov . ADA complaints may be filed by email to ada.complaint@usdoj.gov .

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Auditory Sciences to Demonstrate Products for the Differently-Abled Community at the ATIA 2011 Orlando Conference

Submitted by teej on Feb<br>&nbsp;06

JANUARY 21, 2011, NORTHFIELD, MN – AUDITORY SCIENCES, LLC., a leading developer of communications products for the Differently-Abled communities, announced today that they will be demonstrating their complete line of products at the upcoming ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) conference which is being held from January 26-29, 2011 at the Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In addition to demonstrating these product in the exhibit hall (booth 919), Auditory Sciences will also be giving a featured seminar on January 27th on, “Overcoming Communication Barriers for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students”. Visitors to the conference are encourage to stop by the booth to register for a free copy of Interact-AS plus a Spanish Translation Module.

The following are few of the example applications that will be demonstrated.

- Individuals who are Deaf are directly communicating with people who do not know sign language;

- People that are Hard-of-Hearing are using Interact-AS's instant closed-captioned transcript feature (less than a 500 msec delay) to improve their cognition rate of what is being said, be it a conversation, a conference room discussion, a radio broadcast, or a video program;

- People that have difficulty writing or typing are using their voice to type memos, answer test questions, or generate text for presentations, documents and emails;

- Individuals that have difficulty speaking are using Interact-AS to voice aloud whatever they write or type using a voice of appropriate gender and cadence;
- People that have difficulty reading are using Interact-AS to have document read aloud to them;

- With the optional Language Modules, Interact-AS is removing language barriers by instantly translating conversations to and from over 30 foreign languages;

- Plus, with Interact-AS individuals are rapidly learning and immediately holding conversations in a desired second language (e.g., EEL/ESL as well as foreign languages like Spanish, Chinese, French and German).

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.
Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing communications products for the Different Abled community. These products significantly reduce the cost, increase the accessibility and improve the quality of communications for these individuals. To learn more about the firm, please Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com.

About SpeechGear, Inc.
Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com.

Information on ATIA 2011
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities. Its mission is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. Since 1999, ATIA has held an annual conference that provides a forum for education and communication to professional practitioners serving those with disabilities. In conjunction with its conferences, ATIA holds a Leadership Forum and Workshop on Accessibility which provides corporations, government agencies, and higher educational institutions with the information needed to expand their accessibility efforts.

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