Amsterdam, the Netherlands—AssistiveWareToday, AssistiveWare and n2y announced the release of version 2.0 of the News-2-You® app for iPad®—a popular symbol-supported weekly newspaper. The News-2-You newspaper is designed for teaching and expanding literacy skills, from basic awareness of symbols and print to reading fluently with comprehension. To support children of all ages and skill levels, the major update now includes four reading levels with each weekly edition.
“When we released version 1 last year, we were overwhelmed with the positive feedback on the app from teachers and parents alike,” said David Niemeijer, CEO, and founder of AssistiveWare. “We are excited that with version 2, we are now able to offer all four reading levels of this amazing educational resource on iPad.”
News-2-You connects students to the world with symbol-supported news and includes articles, puzzles, jokes and recipes. The news can be read using one of the 30 free text-to-speech voices, including specialty and children’s voices. The News-2-You app offers multi-user support. Just as all other settings, one of four reading levels can be selected per student and also reading progress and answers to exercises are tracked individually.
“We had our customer’s needs in mind when we developed the initial News-2-You app,” said John Standal Vice President of Sales and Marketing for n2y. “The goal with this updated release is to take our customer’s feedback from version 1 and incorporate it into version 2, making the app easier to use and an effective classroom tool.”
News-2-You 2.0 is free to download and includes a sample edition to explore all features. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Version 2.0 is a free update for existing users. New customers can purchase a News-2-You subscription or single edition from within the News-2-You app, or if they already own a web-based News-2-You subscription, they can use the app at no cost to access the same content on iPad.
AssistiveWare®, a leading innovator of assistive technology software for iOS and Mac OS X with over 125,000 customers worldwide, is committed to collaborating with the global community to make a difference in people’s lives. The company’s flagship product, Proloquo2Go(R), is an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application for iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch® that provides a “voice” for people who have difficulty speaking or cannot speak at all. Founded in 2000, AssistiveWare was the first company to deliver universal access to Mac OS X with its award-winning KeyStrokes™ on-screen keyboard and the first to create genuine children’s text-to-speech voices. Focused on its vision to empower people through innovative technology, AssistiveWare offers a wide range of assistive technology products and services.
n2y is a cloud-based special education publishing company based in Huron, Ohio. n2y products include News-2-You® weekly current events newspaper, Unique Learning System standards-based curriculum, and SymbolStix dynamic symbol set. The News‐2‐You current events newspaper utilizes concise, symbol‐supported text to deliver current events news to the special needs population. Unique Learning System® is a comprehensive standards‐based curriculum specifically designed for special learners. SymbolStix Online™ is the industry standard symbol set used exclusively throughout the n2y product suite and licensed globally by many software and hardware developers. For additional information, please visit us at n2y.com. We can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (800) 697‐6575.