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Industry Firsts and Patented Technology Lead Market in Providing Literacy Software Optimized for Web Access & Learning

Palo Alto, CA – May 22, 2006 -- The Learning Systems Group of Freedom Scientific, Inc., developer of literacy software designed to create custom learning environments for struggling students, announced today the release of the newest version of WYNN software. WYNN 5 brings unprecedented advancements in the delivery of Web-based content to individuals who struggle to read. This first-of-its kind product assists special education students with reading Internet content, and gives them important study tools to help them learn in a Web-based environment.

Students are increasingly accessing the Internet to study and learn. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 43 million U.S. children under age 18 use the Internet. And 94% of them between the ages of 12 – 17 have used the Internet for school. Freedom Scientific’s Learning Systems Group, with the development of this latest version of WYNN optimized for Internet-based studying and learning, is demonstrating its commitment to remain at the forefront in providing support to students who struggle, wherever they are learning.

Literacy Support Tools Help Struggling Students Read the Internet

WYNN 5 is the first product that fully integrates all the support capabilities of a powerful literacy software program into the Internet, rather than merely superimposing "floating" tool bars on the text. With WYNN 5, students can have Web text read out loud as well as access the study tools that they rely on for their traditional classroom work, like dictionary and highlighting features. WYNN 5 is also the only software that offers struggling students WebMasking™. This patented feature highlights selected text on a Web page by line, sentence or paragraph while blocking out distracting elements like advertisements. This enables the reader to better focus, read and comprehend text.

WYNN 5 is also the only software allowing users to highlight several pieces of selected text on the Internet and extract that highlighted text directly into a single document with one mouse click; no cut and paste required.

Other new WYNN 5 features include:

  • Redesigned browser module to support students in reading and studying
  • Updated Web Toolbar for easier navigation; users can easily switch among open documents and see and hear Favorites and History lists
  • Ability to study and work within WebCT and other educational courseware sites
  • Redesigned speech interface permitting the use of the many human-sounding SAPI 5 speech technologies giving users the comfort of their choice of synthesizer
  • Enhanced printing options
  • Built in Pop-up Blocker to minimize distractions
  • Reads Internet e-mail
  • Talking online form completion
  • Compatible with Flash and Java Applets

"Support for struggling students is no longer limited to text books," said Elaine Huot, M.Ed., Educational Consultant and Language Specialist. "Using WYNN 5, students can broaden their resource base to include material on the Web. Coupled with the WebMasking feature, my students can better focus on and comprehend Web material. It is a lifeline for many students that WYNN 5 now extends its multi-sensory approach to assist all learning styles in working more effectively with the Web."

"People have always been able to copy and paste a block of text from the Internet. But what if text is needed from multiple places on a Web page? Until now, one would have to copy and paste four or five times. Using WYNN's Web Highlighting and Extraction features, students can copy multiple pieces of information in one mouse click. This will save time and effort as well as minimize distractions, something students care deeply about," said Roberta Brosnahan, VP and General Manager, Learning Systems Group.

WYNN 5 Presents a Clean, Uncluttered Web Page

Students with learning differences have greater success with WYNN because it presents text in a clean and uncluttered format. Imagine what it’s like for a student who struggles to read a normal text book, to have to read and comprehend information on a Web page that is packed with information and graphics, advertising and animated elements. WYNN 5’s design ensures that students with learning disabilities have opportunities for academic success with their traditional school materials as well as Web-based materials.

WYNN 5 users may also access all standard WYNN features which include:

  • Seeing & hearing text simultaneously
  • Ability to visually customize text pages for easier reading
  • Extensive study tools including Spell Check, Highlighting, Text Note, Voice Note, Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Ability to access virtually any type of text including printed pages electronic text, Web sites or PDF

For More Information

For a complimentary demo disk of WYNN 5 and pricing information, contact Freedom Scientific’s Learning Systems Group by phone at (800) 444-4443 x 1089 or by e-mail at

About The Learning Systems Group, Freedom Scientific®

The Learning Systems Group, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, was founded in 2000 by a team of educational and assistive technology experts to address the needs of students with reading-related learning challenges. The group's award-winning products, WYNN™ and TestTalker™, are best known as the "teacher’s choice." Products are currently sold in all 50 United States, Canada, the U.K., Puerto Rico, Mexico and Australia. Freedom Scientific, Inc. is also the world's leading manufacturer of assistive technology products for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.


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