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[vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”45945″ img_size=”500×340″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Texthelp and Don Johnston Inc. are joining forces to help students across North America achieve more. Learn more here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1641591428624{margin-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion active_section=”100″ title=”FAQs:”][vc_tta_section title=”Why is Don Johnston Inc. joining the Texthelp Group?” tab_id=”1641590805026-e7b306ad-94d1″][vc_column_text]Don Johnston and Texthelp have a lot in common. We each have a vision of a world where every student can feel what it is like to learn and succeed. We have an incredibly similar mission to elevate as many students as possible, helping them understand and be understood. Our combined product suites offer students in North America and across the world the transformative educational environment they need to learn and succeed. Together we will continue to innovate and develop our suite of products to create the best assistive technology.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How will this change impact me as an educator and the students I support? Will I still be able to buy the same products?” tab_id=”1641590805034-94c284e7-3874″][vc_column_text]You will still be able to choose from the same range of products provided by both companies, and you should only notice improvements in the services provided. Together, Texthelp and Don Johnston Inc. want to be champions of choice for students. This is reflective of our shared belief that everyone learns differently. By joining forces, we will be able to offer more solutions to students and we will be able to break down more barriers for them. Texthelp and Don Johnston have extensive technical knowledge and enhanced capabilities. By combining these shared resources, we expect to be able to help more students around the world. Straightaway, we will be adding math reading to Snap&Read, borrowing from Texthelp’s EquatIO expertise. In the future, we will find more ways to combine our capabilities to improve the products and services we offer. We plan to add to the range of products available to students and bring innovation to the market more quickly.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What do students stand to gain from this change? What are the benefits to them?” tab_id=”1641590871225-d42fe5e0-ea41″][vc_column_text]Together, Texthelp and Don Johnston Inc. want to be champions of choice for students. This is reflective of our shared belief that everyone learns differently. By joining forces, we will be able to offer more solutions to students and we will be able to break down more barriers for them. Texthelp and Don Johnston have extensive technical knowledge and capabilities. By combining resources, we expect to be able to help more students around the world. Straightaway, we will be adding math reading to Snap&Read, borrowing from Texthelp’s EquatIO expertise. In the future, we will find more ways to combine our capabilities to improve the products and services we offer. We plan to add to the range of products available to students and bring innovation to the market more quickly. We believe that all of this will be a win for students.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Will there by any staffing changes that might affect me?” tab_id=”1641590893002-2e3babf4-537b”][vc_column_text]While the team is growing, you will still continue to work with the same people from our team in the same way.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Who can I contact if I have any questions?” tab_id=”1641590909486-d2ef2082-e232″][vc_column_text]If you are an existing customer of Texthelp or Don Johnston, you can get in touch with your usual point of contact – they will be more than happy to help answer any questions you might have. You can also contact us via this form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Will Don still be involved in Don Johnston Inc.?” tab_id=”1641590927976-942d64bc-93da”][vc_column_text]Yes! Don has joined the Texthelp Board of Directors and made a significant investment in the company. He is fully committed to the goal of reaching 1 Billion students by 2030, and by coming together this will be possible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Don Johnston Inc.’s curriculum division is forming a new company, named Building Wings™ (which will include the products Readtopia® and First Author®).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1641591428624{margin-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion active_section=”100″ title=”FAQs:”][vc_tta_section title=”What will the curriculum part of the business be called and why?” tab_id=”1641592154802-77e35935-d044″][vc_column_text]We chose the name Building Wings because it represents the relationship between teacher and student. It’s our mission to create special education teaching resources that help both teachers and their students experience the joy of learning and to take flight together.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Why are Don Johnston separating the product lines?” tab_id=”1641592154822-4c21bbe9-49ab”][vc_column_text]Our curriculum product lines have very different needs from our assistive tools. We already had different teams for development, sales, and customer support and now there is more dedicated focus behind each product line. Ultimately, we hope there will be some really positive things that come out of this focus that will directly impact educators and students.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Will there still be a relationship between Don Johnston Inc. and Building Wings?” tab_id=”1641592154844-d7a4b4d9-b913″][vc_column_text]The two companies are like sister companies and Don will continue to have a role with both Building Wings (as CEO) and Don Johnston Inc. as a board member and investor in Texthelp. Plus we anticipate holding some intense cross-company bocce ball tournaments in the future![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Who will be my main points of contact at Building Wings?” tab_id=”1641592154869-f319360f-4dab”][vc_column_text]All employees on the curriculum division of Don Johnston will become Building Wings employees, and you will continue working with the same representative that you always have.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Will Don be involved in Building Wings?” tab_id=”1641592154895-8e734e07-0920″][vc_column_text]Yes! While Don will serve as the CEO of Building Wings, he is also a Texthelp board member and investor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What happens to my product licenses to Readtopia?” tab_id=”1641592154921-bd28184a-b48e”][vc_column_text]We’re working hard to make the transition as smooth and transparent as possible. Our goal is that you don’t have any interruptions and you can continue using Readtopia in the same way you always have (at myreadtopia.com). If you’re in a district with strict whitelisting, you may need to whitelist buildingwings.com and buildingwings.net.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Who do I contact for support on Readtopia and First Author?” tab_id=”1641592314224-6ab05bf2-e828″][vc_column_text]All of the resources will remain at donjohnston.com until the website migrates to buildingwings.com. Feel free to use the resources there, work with your current representative, or call us at 847.238.8889.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”If I have a license to both curriculum and tool
s products from Don Johnston where should I send my payment?” tab_id=”1641592333212-972b84a1-248b”][vc_column_text]You can send your payment to the Don Johnston Inc. office. In the future, you’ll likely see your invoices split between Building Wings and Texthelp/Don Johnston Inc.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section]

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.

Website: https://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds

Author Profile: https://products.brookespublishing.com/cw_Contributorinfo.aspx?ContribID=110&Name=Karen+Erickson,Ph.D.

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