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Technology company wins award for ‘helping kids learn’ across the globe

A UK assistive technology company has been given a prestigious business award for exporting an e-learning software package for children with disabilities.

Inclusive Technology – which provides equipment for individuals with physical disabilities, sensory impairments or learning difficulties – received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its HelpKidzLearn product. HelpKidzLearn features games, activities and tools designed for young children with a range of specialist learning needs.

The company was recognised in the ‘International Trade’ category of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (an annual event that commends a range UK business achievements), for signing up over 25,000 paying subscribers to HelpKidzLearn across 148 countries.

The United States is the largest user of HelpKidzLearn, and the product is also being used in 14 countries across Europe, in eight different languages.

The basic HelpKidzLearn package costs £55/$99 for one annual subscription (the idea is for a teacher or parent to purchase the subscription, and use the package with a child). Other multiple subscriptions (for use in schools, with multiple learners) can also be purchased. The package provides over 80 activities designed to aid learning.

The activities – including games, quizzes, stories and songs – can be accessed on a range of devices and equipment, such as keyboard switches, touch-screen, rollerball mouse and eye-tracking technology. A free, basic version of HelpKidzLearn is also available, featuring ten activities (Read more at the HelpKidzLearn website:
http://eab.li/o ).

Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Inclusive Technology Martin Littler – who also founded the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) – will collect the award at Buckingham Palace, London, in July. In a statement on the Inclusive Technology website, Littler said: “I am absolutely delighted with this brilliant award, which I feel recognises the huge contribution that the whole British assistive technology industry has made during the past 40 years. Of course, the award is also a huge pat on the back for our team of developers, teachers and therapists, all of whom get a buzz from producing resources which can transform the lives of learners with special educational needs and disabilities.”

Find out more at the Inclusive Technology website:
http://eab.li/p .

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