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Las Cruces, New Mexico
to Increase Technology Support for Struggling Students

Palo Alto, CA – November 2, 2005 -- The Learning Systems Group of Freedom Scientific, Inc., developer of assistive software designed for people who struggle to read, write or take tests, announced today that the Las Cruces, New Mexico School Administration has expanded its investment in Learning Systems Group technology. With this new order, students in Las Cruces can now access 189 software licenses that will be shared among 16 schools, potentially serving thousands of students. This new deal includes both WYNN™ and TestTalker™ products.

The challenge to achieve academically is greater in New Mexico than many areas of the country. The School Administration and teachers are servicing a low-income student body, 50% of which are either learning disabled or considered “at risk.” Several students in Las Cruces have been using WYNN for three years. After seeing significant improvement in those students’ test scores, as compared to students not using the technology, New Mexico purchased additional WYNN licenses and TestTalker software in an effort to bring the benefit of the technology to more of the state’s students.

“We quickly saw that using WYNN was a cost effective way to ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to achieve,” said Dee Ann Powers, Software Trainer, School Administration, Las Cruces, New Mexico. “WYNN allows the teachers to get students interested in learning and build important self esteem by experiencing academic success, and supports the state in their effort to reach the assessment mandates of federal legislation.”

Technology Jumpstarts Learning
WYNN converts printed text into spoken word for individuals with reading and writing difficulties that may occur for a variety of reasons including learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD or for those learning English as a second language (ELL). While WYNN’s features support all learning styles, the design is based upon Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts and can be used with any curriculum.

TestTalker creates a computer version of a test, worksheet, or other form. The material looks exactly like the paper rendition and is then converted into the spoken word. For those who struggle to read and write, hearing questions being read out loud, while simultaneously having them highlighted on the page helps to increase accuracy of answers and test scores.

“This installation at Las Cruces is one more demonstration that students are improving comprehension, writing and test scores while using WYNN and TestTalker,” said Roberta Brosnahan, Vice President & General Manager, Learning Systems Group, Freedom Scientific, Inc. “Once teachers see that getting the technology up and running is painless and immediate, the academic results follow quickly. With the need for training minimized, and the movement of struggling students supported by WYNN and TestTalker back into mainstream classrooms, our customers frequently come back to us for more software to reach the ever-growing population of at risk and struggling students they must serve.”

About the Learning Systems Group, Freedom Scientific, Inc.
The Learning Systems Group, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, was founded in 2000 by a team of education 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” among competitors and are currently sold in all 50 United States, Canada, U.K., Puerto Rico, Mexico and Australia. Freedom Scientific, Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of assistive technology products for those who are blind and vision impaired, and products for the special education and learning disability markets.

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