AbleNet, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of SoftTouch, Inc.

Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:49pm EST

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Acquisition of company will enable AbleNet to expand software offerings and
product development for people with physical and intellectual disabilities
ST. PAUL, Minn. & OMAHA, Neb.--(Business Wire)--
AbleNet Incorporated, a global leader in the design, development and manufacture
of assistive technologies and curriculum for people with disabilities, today
announced the acquisition of SoftTouch Inc., a family-owned company that focuses
on the development of high-quality software and access devices for people with
multiple physical and intellectual challenges. 

The acquisition, and subsequent addition of SoftTouch software products to
AbleNet's extensive line of assistive technology solutions, extends AbleNet's
reach in offering more software products to people with disabilities around the
globe. SoftTouch President Mark Fulton will join AbleNet as Technology Director.

"We are very pleased to include SoftTouch products and the software and
technology expertise of Mark Fulton to the AbleNet team," said AbleNet President
and CEO Jen Thalhuber. "The AbleNet marketing strength creates an exciting
opportunity to expand the SoftTouch market through our global network." 

AbleNet is aggressively bringing the best and broadest assortment of assistive
technology solutions to the global market as evidenced by introducing numerous
new products and making strategic acquisitions in the past two years. In 2008
the company acquired Tash International, which broadened the assistive
technology solutions; introduced several new technology products; and has
developed a number of enhanced curriculum programs. 

"AbleNet is a dynamic company whose vision meshes nicely with SoftTouch`s focus
on providing software that assists people with disabilities to learn, engage and
grow," said SoftTouch President Mark Fulton. "Being part of the AbleNet family
is an incredible opportunity for all of us to expand our desired areas of growth
in software, technology and curriculum development for those with special

About AbleNet

AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational
and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead
productive and fulfilled lives. This includes a complete line of communication
aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair
mounting devices for people who require physical supports; and special education
classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning
progress. The products are represented in more than 50 countries and used in
hundreds of thousands of classrooms in the United States and across the globe.
AbleNet is an ESOP company located in Roseville, Minnesota. For more
information, visit 

AbleNet, Inc.
Cynthia Hanson, 651-503-1584

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