AudioEye Announces Collaboration with the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and First Place AZ to Ensure Digital Accessibility
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AudioEye, Inc. (OTCQB: AEYE) ("AudioEye" or the "Company") today announced a collaboration with the internationally recognized Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and its sister nonprofit First Place®AZ, which is dedicated to supportive housing and community development for people with autism and other neuro-diversities. Through the collaboration, the organizations will benefit from the range of AudioEye digital accessibility solutions, including the industry-leading, technology-based Ally Managed Service, to ensure public-facing websites are accessible and more usable.
"All three organizations share a like-minded dedication to creating an inclusive world," said Todd Bankofier, AudioEye Chief Executive Officer. "Through a partnership that will provide technology and service to the Arizona-based non-profits, AudioEye will ensure their websites and related digital content are accessible to individuals with a range of disabilities."
"SARRC and First Place are dedicated to empowering people living with autism to thrive in society, including our digital society," said Denise Resnik, Co-Founder of SARRC and Founder, President/CEO of First Place AZ. "AudioEye technology has been designed to address digital accessibility across the range of disabilities, and we're happy it will help ensure our sites are more accessible and usable for everyone."
The AudioEye technology platform monitors sites as they grow, automatically detecting and fixing common issues of accessibility to ensure an optimal user experience for individuals using the range of assistive technology. The Ally Toolbar, a proprietary assistive tool, is placed directly on client sites, allowing users to customize and enhance their experience.
"The Ally Toolbar has a range of considerations, including dyslexic fonts, adjustments to color contrast, font size and navigation, keyboard controls, a player that will read visitors content and the ability to use voice commands to navigate. The toolbar serves individuals who face barriers from low vision to paraplegia," said Mr. Bankofier. "We're honored to provide these outstanding organizations the full range of our technology and service."
The sites, which will not be altered in form or function by deployment of the AudioEye solution, will be Certified to illustrate the commitment to accessibility and inclusion by SARRC and First Place.
President and CEO of SARRC, Dr. Daniel Openden looks forward to the collaboration between two innovators in their respective fields. "We have a shared appreciation of the importance of inclusivity. We are excited to partner with AudioEye and deploy their game-changing accessibility technology on our sites," said Dr. Openden.
About the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach. SARRC is one of the only autism organizations in the world that provides a lifetime of services for individuals and their families while also conducting cutting edge research.
The Arizona-based entrepreneurial nonprofit receives less than three percent of its annual revenue from state and federal funding. SARRC's 18,000-square-foot Campus for Exceptional Children and 10,000-square-foot Colonel Harland D. Sanders Center for Autism Studies, co-located with their Vocational & Life Skills Academy, are state-of-the-art clinical centers that serve as models for similar research and resource facilities.
About First Place AZ
First Place® AZ is a nonprofit organization advancing innovative residential options for adults with autism and other neuro-diversities. Led by market principles, First Place is creating replicable, residential and post-secondary education models that promote collaboration among the private/public/philanthropic/nonprofit sectors, serving as a catalyst for advancing public policy focused on housing solutions for special populations. Recipient of the 2016 HeroX Autism Speaks House to Home Prize for its "belief-busting breakthrough" idea in housing and residential supports, First Place celebrates neuro-diversity, independent living and its belief that housing options for people with autism and other special abilities should be as bountiful as they are for everyone else. To learn more, visit firstplaceaz.org and view these 2016 PBS NewsHour segments: "Giving Adults with Autism the Skills to Build Independent Lives" and "How Phoenix Became the Most Autism-Friendly City in the World."
About AudioEye, Inc.
AudioEye's software enables every enterprise, from corporations to government agencies, to make their content more consumable through technology.
More accessible. More usable. More people.
AudioEye's common stock trades on the OTCQB under the symbol "AEYE." The Company maintains offices in Tucson, Atlanta and Washington D.C. For more information about AudioEye and its online accessibility solutions, please visit https://www.audioeye.com.
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For Further information, please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
P: (520) 308-6140
Founder & President/CEO
First Place AZ
P: (602) 956-8834
Dr. Daniel Openden, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)
P: (602) 340-8717