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HumanWare Becomes the Exclusive North American Master Distributor of Enabling Technologies Braille Products

December 22, 2015

HumanWare is pleased to announce a new partnership with Enabling Technologies. Beginning January 1st, 2016, Humanware will become the exclusive North American distributor for all Enabling Technologies products

As Humanware’s Canadian distribution partner, Aroga Technologies will become the exclusive distributor for Canada, excluding Quebec.

Enabling Technologies is a recognized leader in Braille printers. They are best known for their incredibly robust Romeo and Juliet embossers as well as production embossers such as the BookMaker, Braille Express 150 and the Braille Place. Their product line has recently been updated with new models including the Cyclone a new single sided embosser, the Trident a new double sided (interpoint) embosser and the Phoenix, the world’s first multi-function Braille and Tactile Graphics System.

HumanWare (www.humanware.com) is the global leader in assistive technologies for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote® Apex, the leading productivity device for the blind in education, business and for personal use; Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players; the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and Trekker® Breeze, the all-in-one handheld talking GPS.

Aroga Technologies is Canada’s largest distributor of assistive technology including technologies for the blind and visually impaired, physical disabilities, augmentative communication and learning disabilities.

About Aroga Technologies Inc.
A 28 year old Canadian company headquartered in Toronto ON with additional offices in Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB and Gatineau QC with representatives across the country, Aroga is Canada's largest independent distributor of Assistive Technology products and services. Aroga recently established a presence in Costa Rica with the goal of providing additional access to markets in Central and South America. Aroga's technologies and products help individuals with various physical, sensory and cognitive issues perform daily tasks they would otherwise be unable to accomplish. Over the years the technology, assistance and training provided by Aroga has aided thousands of people achieve their goals in education, employment as well as in their home lives. For the past 3 decades, Aroga has helped its clients attain independence and enhanced self-esteem. Through strategic partnerships with leading internationally recognized developers and innovators, Aroga provides skills and tools to ensure that individuals reach their maximum potential.

About HumanWare
For over 25 years, HumanWare's inspirational vision has resulted in a range of highly intuitive and intelligent solutions that empower people who are blind or with low vision by giving them the independence to participate effectively within a sighted world. HumanWare products have a profoundly positive impact on the lives of visually impaired and learning disabled people of every age. From advanced Braille products and electronic magnifiers to digital talking book players and beyond, our tools help end-users to live independently and compete effectively in today's world. In 2014, HumanWare formed a major strategic partnership with Essilor, the world's leading ophthalmic optics company. This alliance accelerates investment in research and development to offer new and innovative high quality products for both blindness and low vision while promoting access for a larger number of people with visual impairments.

Aroga Technologies and Humanware Announce Canadian Distribution Partnership

September 23, 2015

Toronto, Canada – Aroga Technologies, Canada’s leading distributor for high-tech equipment for disabilities is pleased to announce a new Canadian Distribution Partnership with HumanWare which will bring HumanWare’s innovative solutions to a wider base of users across the country. Under this agreement, Aroga will become the exclusive distributor of HumanWare products across all regions of Canada except Quebec, and will deploy their best-in-class sales, marketing and web resources to increase awareness and adoption of HumanWare’s solutions.

“I’m thrilled with the new agreement we have with Humanware. Our partnership further solidifies our position as an industry leader and helps us further our mandate to assist individuals with Blindness or Low Vision reach their goals and maintain an independent lifestyle. Humanware products are recognized market leaders globally and in Canada they are dominant in the market. Aroga’s commitment to distribution, service and support coupled with Humanware’s innovation will provide an increased capacity to serve the Canadian community” stated Grove Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Aroga.

Gilles Pepin, CEO of HumanWare commented, ``Aroga is a forward-looking industry leader with extensive experience and strong presence in the Canadian market. We are confident this partnership will be beneficial to our mutual customers, bringing them higher levels of local support and service``

“Humanware has consistently delivered innovative products for people who are blind or visually impaired,” said Steve Barclay, COO of Aroga. “For many years their devices have helped students develop key literacy skills and have allowed adults greater autonomy in their day to day lives. These are shared goals for both of our companies and we are thrilled to have been chosen to help deliver their products to the people who need them.”

This agreement takes effect on September 23rd.
For more information please direct inquiries to the contacts below:
HumanWare 1-888-723-7273 info@humanware.com
Aroga Technologies 1-800-561-6222 sales@aroga.com

About Aroga Technologies Inc.
A 28 year old Canadian company headquartered in Toronto ON with additional offices in Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB and Gatineau QC with representatives across the country, Aroga is Canada's largest independent distributor of Assistive Technology products and services. Aroga recently established a presence in Costa Rica with the goal of providing additional access to markets in Central and South America. Aroga's technologies and products help individuals with various physical, sensory and cognitive issues perform daily tasks they would otherwise be unable to accomplish. Over the years the technology, assistance and training provided by Aroga has aided thousands of people achieve their goals in education, employment as well as in their home lives. For the past 3 decades, Aroga has helped its clients attain independence and enhanced self-esteem. Through strategic partnerships with leading internationally recognized developers and innovators, Aroga provides skills and tools to ensure that individuals reach their maximum potential.

About HumanWare
For over 25 years, HumanWare's inspirational vision has resulted in a range of highly intuitive and intelligent solutions that empower people who are blind or with low vision by giving them the independence to participate effectively within a sighted world. HumanWare products have a profoundly positive impact on the lives of visually impaired and learning disabled people of every age. From advanced Braille products and electronic magnifiers to digital talking book players and beyond, our tools help end-users to live independently and compete effectively in today's world. In 2014, HumanWare formed a major strategic partnership with Essilor, the world's leading ophthalmic optics company. This alliance accelerates investment in research and development to offer new and innovative high quality products for both blindness and low vision while promoting access for a larger number of people with visual impairments.

 

Recent Acquistions and Expansion of Services

Februrary 19, 2015

Recognizing its quickly evolving technological landscape, Aroga is targeting the Education technology field in a big way - with the following recent acquisition, we are expanding on our capabilities to serve our customers' unique requirements.

Starnix – a Toronto based consulting company that develops and supports Linux & Open Source solutions for Educational institutions & corporate IT.

Aroga Technologies Updates on Exclusive Distribution Agreement of Ambutech Canes

Oct 2, 2014

Aroga Technologies Ltd. is pleased to announce an Exclusive Canadian Distribution Agreement with Ambutech Inc., a Canadian-owned and operated company based in Winnipeg, Ambutech is one of the world’s most trusted manufacturers of Identification (ID) and Mobility canes for the Visually Impaired.

“I’m thrilled with the new agreement we have with Ambutech” states Grove Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Aroga.  “Our partnership further solidifies our position as an industry leader providing tools and services that build greater autonomy for individuals with visual impairments. Ambutech products are second to none and combined with Aroga’s marketing and distribution capabilities, our partnership will provide an increased capacity to serve the community.

“The new agreement with Aroga is a great opportunity for Ambutech to increase our products overall awareness and customer reach in Canada; Aroga has long been a supporter of the Blindness community in Canada for over 28 years. Working closer with Aroga will improve on our ability to deliver ID and Mobility Canes to the blindness community” stated Gordon Hudek, Vice President at Ambutech Inc. 

Aroga Technologies Updates on Company Ownership and Distribution Agreement

August 10, 2014

Aroga Technologies Ltd. ("Aroga" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the company is under new ownership. Effective July 30th, 2014, Grove Bennett and Steven Barclay acquired Aroga from its previous owner & President of 28 years, Bob Vigerut.

Aroga is Canada's largest independent distributor of Assistive Technology products and services with offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec, Alberta, and Ottawa with additional representation in the Atlantic Provinces -- truly a National Company. Our technology helps individuals with various physical, sensory and cognitive issues perform daily tasks they would otherwise be unable to accomplish. Over the years the technology, assistance and training provided by Aroga as an end to end solutions provider has proven to assist individuals, families and businesses in both private and public corporations, with technology and services to individuals with special needs.

Additionally, Aroga is pleased to announce the signing of a Canadian Master Distribution Agreement with Perkins School for the Blind (Perkins). Perkins is one of the most respected providers of products & services to those with blindness or vision loss. "I'm thrilled with the new agreement that we have with Perkins, we have long supported each other in our common goals in providing products & services to the blind community. However our new partnership further solidifies the strength in our relationship and our desires to provide better products & services, faster delivery times, additional technical support, better pricing and of course new product lines to our clients" stated Mr. Steve Barclay, COO of Aroga.

"The new agreement with Aroga is a great opportunity for Perkins to increase its products, services and overall awareness of the Perkins Brand in Canada; Aroga has long been a supporter of the Perkins School of the Blind as a market leader within Canada for many years. Working closer with Aroga will improve on our ability to deliver better support to the blindness community and Perkins Products is excited to be partnering with the new ownership group" stated Laura Matz, Director Marketing & Sales at Perkins Products, a division of Perkins School for the Blind.

Mr. Bob Vigerut, previous owner of Aroga stated; "I am thrilled with the ownership transition and believe that this change will continue to serve Aroga's current & future client base with the same quality of service they expect from Aroga. I know that Grove and Steve have the client's best interest at heart and wish them all the best in the future. I look forward to working with them over the next couple of years to ensure a smooth transition for our many valued clients. I would like to thank everyone I have worked with over the past 28 years. You have played a significant role in my professional and personal life for which I am eternally grateful, thank you. I wish everyone continued success and hope that you enjoy working with Grove and Steve as much as I do".

Mr. Grove Bennett, CEO of Aroga stated; "Aroga is truly a great Canadian success story, it prides itself on providing great products & services with dedicated staff who care about their clients and values its partnerships with companies such as Perkins Products and nonprofit organizations such as the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), Holland Bloorview and Special Education Technology SET BC to name a few. We look forward to building upon the company's success while developing new business relationships such as the agreement we have made with Perkins Products while improving our product offering to the CNIB retail stores nationally. I would like to thank Bob Vigerut for his years of service, for building a great company and entrusting its future to Steve and I while staying on to see it thrive in its new direction".