Assistive technology specialist, Inclusive Technology, has been named a finalist in the prestigious 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for ‘ChooseIt! Maker 3’, a highly versatile and intuitive program that enables teachers to create personalised learning activities for children with special needs and to download them to an iPad or Android tablet.

The US CODiE Awards recognise outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industries. “This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognise the best in educational technology with these products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division.

Inclusive Technology provides the very best special educational needs software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids, eye gaze and assistive technology for learners with a physical disability, sensory impairment or learning difficulty. ChooseIt! Maker 3, part of the Inclusive Technology’s product portfolio, is an exceptionally versatile on-line tool enabling teachers and parents to turn their photographs, symbols, text and sounds into engaging cause and effect or linear on-screen question and answer activities, games, quizzes and more. .

With access to SymbolStix and Widgit Symbol libraries and giving touch, eye gaze optimisation and full switch control, it is ideal for a range of users including those with autism spectrum disorders, communication difficulties, language impairment, developmental disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, Aphasia and traumatic brain injury.

This latest accolade for ChooseIt! Maker 3 comes just a few months after it was voted “Best Special Needs Resource” at the UK’s BETT Awards in London. The product was also a finalist in the UK’s 2014 Education Resources Awards in March.

“We are honoured to be a finalist in the CODiE Awards ‘Best Solution for Special Needs’ in Washington D.C.,” said Martin Littler, Chairman and CEO, Inclusive Technology . “Students with special needs are each unique and, uniquely, ChooseIt! Maker 3 allows teachers to make apps and activities which meet the interests and needs of each student. The apps and activities can then be played off line on the student’s own iPad or Android tablet. ChooseIt! Maker 3 is already widely used across the United States and the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and 50 other countries around the world.”

The CODiE winners will be announced during the Education Industry Summit, the United States’ leading education technology conference, in San Francisco in May.

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