September 30, 2008

AbleNet Announces New ‘Weekly Reader AbleNet Editions’ – Rich General Education State Standard Content Modified to Meet the Needs of Students in Special Education

AbleNet announced the release of the new 'Weekly Reader AbleNet Editions' which is the only product that meets the specific educational requirements of each state and offers students content specific to their disability level. AbleNet also offers a comprehensive set of content and materials that allow students with disabilities to work with standards-based content found in Weekly Reader publications. The company has specially designed and developed both elementary and secondary publications for students with mild, moderate or severe disabilities. The teachers guide offers specialized strategies for differentiated instruction and includes materials for three unique levels of instruction in an effort to meet the needs of students in special education.

"This is an exciting new classroom content offering that delivers fresh, new ways to keep students engaged in learning, while meeting the unique educational standards for each state," states Jen Thalhuber, CEO of AbleNet, Inc. "We are focused on helping school districts protect their valuable federal funds by improving the performance of students with a wide range of disability. This modified publication is a critical link in helping assure that school districts meet the educational requirements of the 'No Child Left Behind' requirements and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)."

"Because educational standards vary from one state to the next, Weekly Reader and AbleNet set out to the meet the challenge of providing fresh, engaging, and relevant content to this population of students," states Ann Meyer, Director of Research and Development at AbleNet Inc. "Additionally, our curricular team has introduced a new level of content available weekly for students needing 'high interest low vocabulary texts' while taking the guesswork out of meeting Individualized Education Program (IEP) mandates and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements in each state."

A full-year subscription to 'Weekly Reader AbleNet Editions' includes 32 standard Weekly Reader Edition, two print publications or 25 WR News Senior Edition publications, plus access to online special education content. The Weekly Reader AbleNet Editions downloadable content includes an adapted Teacher's Guide, student literacy, worksheets, and activities for students at varying levels of abilities (Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3).

Election Issue - Current Events Made Relevant

The 'Weekly Reader AbleNet Editions' Election Issue provides students with fresh news and information based on current events. Classrooms will receive the 2008 Election Kit, a premier gift that covers election issues with adapted content in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 formats.

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 non-verbal individuals; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair mounting devices for people who require physical supports; and classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning progress. The products are sold through a network of distributors 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

About Weekly Reader

Weekly Reader Periodicals is part of the Weekly Reader Publishing Group (WRPG), a leader in educational publishing. Founded in 1902, Weekly Reader publishes 15 magazines for students in every grade from preschool through high school, in both print and electronic formats. Weekly Reader magazines have been recognized for their engaging content and proven effectiveness in improving student performance. Every one of the magazines has won awards for excellence in educational journalism. Weekly Reader magazines currently serve over five million students and 240,000 teachers nationwide. Weekly Reader Publishing Group is part of the Reader's Digest Association, Inc.