Literacy and accessibility software company Texthelp acquires Edtech division of Don Johnston Inc.
Literacy and accessibility technology company Texthelp announced this week that it is acquiring the edtech division of Don Johnston Inc., a provider of assistive technology and specialist education curriculum software.
Texthelp will add DJI’s Snap&Read, Co:Writer, Word Bank, Quizbot and uPAR tools to its product suite, while DJI ReadTopia and First Author products will be integrated into the new spin-off company, which will be called Building Wings.
Texthelp’s mission is to use its assistive technology to help 1 billion people read, write and count by 2030. With the addition of DJI SaaS products, Texthelp Group becomes one of the largest providers of assistive technology tools for classrooms. and workplaces. The terms of the contract are not disclosed.
According to DyslexiaHelp.com, approximately one in 10 people have dyslexia, and in the United States, 12% of K-12 students are enrolled in a special education program; 15% of school children learn their second language; and the average reading level is 7th to 8th grade. Using assistive tools has been proven to help these students overcome barriers to learning, Texthelp said in its announcement this week.
Both companies’ products will remain supported by Texthelp, the company said, and customers “will see the benefits of collaborative technology innovation between the companies in the first few weeks.”
“Texthelp and Don Johnston Inc. share a common vision of a world where every student can experience what it is to learn and succeed,” said Texthelp CEO and Founder Martin McKay. I founded our organizations for deeply personal reasons. We have an incredibly similar mission to uplift as many students as possible, helping them to both understand and be understood.
“Our combined teams and expanded product portfolio will enable us to give millions more students across the United States and around the world the best possible start in life and help them reach their full potential.” Together with the Don Johnston team, we will continue to innovate and grow our product line to create the best assistive technology tools available,” said McKay.
For more than four decades, Don Johnston Inc. has developed technology tools and programs to help students and educators in more than 32,000 schools build literacy skills, with a particular focus on adapting children and adults with special needs and learning disabilities.
DJI CEO Don Johnston will join Texthelp’s board of directors and serve as CEO of the new spin-off, Building Wings.
For more information, visit Texthelp.com and Learningtools.donjohnston.com.
Kristal Kuykendall is the editor of 1105 Media Education Group. She can be reached at [email protected].