April 3, 2013
By Autism Society

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (April 1, 2013) — Monarch Teaching Technologies (MTT), the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, today announced plans to give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member of the national Autism Society during April, National Autism Awareness Month.

“We wanted to do something truly impactful for Autism Awareness Month,” said Terry Murphy, CEO of MTT. “We are so pleased to be able to offer an incentive to help people become aware of the benefits of membership in the Autism Society, to enhance those benefits, and to recognize the important work the Autism Society does to help improve the lives of all affected by autism.”

Throughout the month of April, the first 1,000 new or renewing Champion ($75) members of Autism Society will be given one year’s access to VizZle, which will give them access to a vast library of visual lessons and supports that can help improve daily living with autism. The promotion is limited to non-professional users, including parents, families and individuals with autism and has a retail value of $300.

“The Autism Society is thrilled to join VizZle in this National Autism Awareness Month for an initiative that will empower children and their parents to reach their educational goals,” said Scott Badesch, Autism Society president and CEO. “The Autism Society believes that a strong educational foundation is essential because it sets children on a path to independence and meaningful employment in adulthood. Monarch Teaching Technologies truly understands the importance of helping children with special needs succeed.”

About VIzZle®
VizZle, produced by Monarch Teaching Technologies, is a web-based visual learning resource that empowers educators and parents to deliver fun, interactive visual activities customized to the needs of children with autism. Teachers, students and parents collectively spend over 15,000 hrs/month on VizZle using any of the almost 8000 lessons from the moderated shared library, or creating lessons from in-program templates and over 14,000 images, audio and video clips. Outcomes can be tracked by IEP goals or Common Core Standards. http://www.monarchteachtech.com/vizzle

About Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc.
An outgrowth of the 100+ student Monarch Center for Autism in Cleveland, MTT (monarchtt.com) provides cost-effective, technology-enhanced solutions for more effective instruction for children with special learning needs. After a four-year R&D collaboration with researchers funded in part by NIH grants, the company introduced VizZle, a web-based visual learning resource, in 2009.

About the Autism Society
Founded in 1965, the Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. The Autism Society does this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. The Autism Society maintains a strong nationwide network of chapters to provide support and grassroots advocacy at local, state and federal levels. www.autism-society.org.