assistive technology solutions

closed 4/14/2021 via BNC Analysis

Cresswell Nurseries Ltd., acquired Second Steps Day Nursery Ltd.

synopsis: Cresswell Nurseries, a daycare center which is part of the ICP nursery group, has bought Second Steps Day Nursery Limited, which operates day nurseries for pupils, including day-care activities for disabled children.
buyer parent: ICP Nurseries
buyer: Cresswell Nurseries Ltd.
Cresswell Nurseries, based in the UK, is a Daycare center that was established by a team of partners who are passionate about providing outstanding childcare to young children as they grow from babies to young persons, with their own character, likes and dislikes, dreams and ambitions. "
target: Second Steps Day Nursery Ltd.
Second Steps Day Nursery Limited operates day nurseries for pupils, including day-care activities for disabled children. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is based in Laindon, United Kingdom.
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closed 7/12/2017 via Company Press Release

Aprendere Skolor AB, acquired Magitaskolan AB and Kajan Friskola AB

synopsis: Aprendere Skolor AB has acquired Magitaskolan AB and Kajan Friskola AB from Team Olivia. Magitaskolan, which operates resources and special assistance school activities in Stockholm and Kajan Friskola, with resources and special assistance school operations in Uppsala, have been part of Team Olivia since 2013.
buyer: Aprendere Skolor AB
Aprendere Skolor operates ten different units in elementary school, upper secondary school, special assistance upper secondary school and HVB homes. They currently have more than 700 students and about 150 employees. Most of their schools are located in Stockholm and surrounding areas. "
target parent: Team Olivia AB
target: Magitaskolan AB and Kajan Friskola AB
Magitaskolan is an educational institution in Stockholm, Sweden for children between 6 and 13 years with neuropsychiatric disorders. Kajan Friskola teaches primary, basic special school, training school and secondary school for students with neuropsychiatric disorders in Uppsala, Sweden.
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closed 4/4/2016 via BusinessWire

Catapult Learning LLC, acquired Aurora Day School

synopsis: Catapult Learning, Inc. announced the acquisition of Aurora Day School. The company is a specialized school program in Peoria, AZ, that serves students with a variety of special needs.
buyer parent: JMI Equity
buyer: Catapult Learning LLC
Catapult Learning, Inc. has dedicated the past four decades to improving academic performance for at-risk and struggling students, including potential dropouts and those with learning and emotional disabilities. "
target: Aurora Day School
Aurora Day School students are children first with all of the needs, desires, and feelings of those without disabilities. Aurora Day School exists because they are passionate about children who can not fit into a conventional school setting.
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announced 9/19/2018 via Company Press Release

Sunderland College will be merged with Northumberland College,

synopsis: Sunderland College, one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the North East, will be merging with Northumberland College, the largest provider of education and training. Sunderland offers one of the largest range of school leaver, adult and higher education courses, courses for international students and special educational needs.
buyer: Northumberland College
Based in the UK, Northumberland College is the largest provider of education and training and provides a range of full and part-time vocational courses to school leavers and adults the college as well as provide Apprenticeship frameworks, workplace learning, bespoke and training opportunities. "
target: Sunderland College
Based in the UK, Sunderland College is a high quality provider of education with four campuses. They offer one of the region’s largest range of school leaver, adult and higher education courses as well as courses for international students and those with special educational needs.
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closed 3/5/2020 via Wall Street Journal

Blue Sprig, acquired Florida Autism Center

synopsis: KKR & Co.’s Blue Sprig Pediatrics Inc. has acquired Florida Autism Center (FAC), which also operates in Georgia as Fusion Autism Center. The deal is one of a series by KKR-backed BlueSprig, which provides applied behavioral analysis therapy to children. FAC serves the autism community with center-based ABA therapy throughout the state of Florida.
buyer parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
buyer: Blue Sprig
BlueSprig, founded in 2017, is a clinic-based provider of Applied Behavior Analysis ("ABA") therapy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ("ASD"). Headquartered in Houston, TX, BlueSprig is the largest autism services provider in Texas, with locations in several other states in the US. "
target: Florida Autism Center
Florida Autism Center (FAC) was founded in 2005 by Chryssy Moor, and serves the autism community with center-based ABA therapy throughout the state of Florida. FAC provides treatment based on the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
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closed 11/16/2016 via BNC Analysis

Informa plc, acquired Speechmark Publishing Limited

synopsis: Education information provider Electric Word PLC has sold its Speechmark Publishing Ltd business to Informa PLC. Speechmark Publishing has been at the forefront of providing high quality, practical resources for professionals working in Speech & Language Therapy, Mental Health, Elderly Care, and Special Needs and Education.
buyer: Informa plc (LSE:INF:$3,663.05)
Informa operates at the heart of the Knowledge and Information Economy. It is a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business. With more than 6,500 employees globally, it has a presence in all major geographies. "
target parent: Electric Word Plc
target: Speechmark Publishing Limited
For over 30 years Speechmark Publishing has been at the forefront of providing high quality, practical resources for professionals working in Speech & Language Therapy, Mental Health, Elderly Care, Special Needs and Education, to a worldwide customer base.
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$2.38
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$2
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closed 5/1/2017 via PR Newswire

VFO Group, acquired The Paciello Group

synopsis: VFO™, the world's leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired, and home of the Freedom Scientific®, Optelec, and Ai Squared brands, announced it has acquired The Paciello Group (TPG), a marquee software accessibility firm providing website and application compliance solutions to enterprises throughout the world.
buyer: VFO Group
VFO is a leading global accessibility solutions provider. The VFO brands, Freedom Scientific, Optelec, and Ai Squared, have a long history of developing & providing innovative assistive technology solutions. VFO has offices in Florida, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany & the UK."
target: The Paciello Group
The Paciello Group is passionately dedicated to helping government agencies, technology vendors, e-commerce corporations, and educational institutions make their technology equally accessible to all people, including those with disabilities.
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closed 8/3/2016 via Company Press Release

National Fostering Agency, acquired Acorn Care & Education Ltd.

synopsis: Acorn Care and Education was acquired from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan by SSCP Spring Bidco Limited, which is a holding company in the National Fostering Agency (NFA) Group. Acorn has built a reputation as a high quality children’s services provider, offering special needs education (SEN), residential and foster care.
buyer: National Fostering Agency
Founded in 1995, the National Fostering Agency (NFA) provides high quality foster care that places childrens’ welfare at the centre of its work. They partner closely with local authorities and foster carers to create the best possible opportunities and outcomes for children. "
target parent: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
target: Acorn Care & Education Ltd.
Acorn has built a reputation as a high quality children’s services provider, offering special needs education (SEN), residential and foster care, for children and young adults with complex needs. Acorn builds its care around the unique situation and individual circumstances of each child.
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closed 6/15/2016 via Company Press Release

VFO Group, acquired Ai Squared, Inc.

synopsis: VFO, home of the Freedom Scientific and Optelec brands, announced that it has acquired Ai Squared, a leading developer of screen magnification and screen reading software. Ai Squared’s screen magnification and screen reading products dramatically improve a computer’s usability and friendliness for users who are low vision or blind.
buyer: VFO Group
VFO is a leading global assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. The VFO brands, Freedom Scientific and Optelec, have a long history of developing and providing innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals, helping them to reach their full potential. "
target parent: TICC Capital Corp.
target: Ai Squared, Inc.
Ai Squared has been a worldwide leader in assistive technology solutions for people with visual impairments. Ai Squared’s screen magnification and screen reading products dramatically improve a computer’s usability and friendliness for users who are low vision or blind.
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announced 7/21/2015 via BusinessWire

Specialized Education Services Inc will be merged with Catapult Learning LLC,

synopsis: Catapult Learning, a leading technology-enabled K–12 services provider, and Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of alternative and special education services, announced a definitive agreement to merge.
buyer parent: JMI Equity
buyer: Catapult Learning LLC
Catapult Learning is the nation’s leading provider of educational services to public, private and religious schools. Catapult Learning partners with educational institutions to provide publicly funded services that are designed to improve academic achievement for struggling students. "
target parent: Chicago Growth Partners
target: Specialized Education Services Inc
Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) provides specialized education services for children and youth facing learning, language, and social challenges. It offers various day school programs for students with disabilities and at-risk youth.
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closed 5/22/2014 via BusinessWire

Tobii Assistive Technology, Inc., acquired DynaVox Inc.

synopsis: Tobii Technology, the global leader in eye tracking, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the membership interest in DynaVox Systems LLC, a leading provider of speech-generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software.
buyer: Tobii Assistive Technology, Inc. (OM:TOBII:$127.28)
Tobii Technology is the global leader in eye tracking and is pioneering eye tracking in personal computing. Tobii has transformed research in many fields and has enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs. "
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announced 1/19/2010 via Reuters

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, will acquire Acorn Care & Education Ltd.

synopsis: British private equity firm Phoenix Equity Partners said that it has reached an agreement to sell Acorn Care and Education Limited to Teachers' Private Capital, the private investment arm of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Acorn provides facilities for children with special needs, and operates 10 schools across England.
buyer: Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
Teachers Private Capital seeks to generate the best possible investment returns at a moderate level of risk to pay teachers' pensions. They invest with a long-term focus because the pension plan will be paying benefits to today’s young teachers 70 years from now. "
target parent: Phoenix Equity Partners
target: Acorn Care & Education Ltd.
Established in 2005, Acorn Care and Education is fast becoming England's premier provider of education and care for the most vulnerable and hardest to place young people.
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closed 9/18/2009 via Company Press Release

Chicago Growth Partners, Prairie Capital, L.P., Twin Bridge Capital Partners, acquired Specialized Education Services Inc

synopsis: Chicago Growth Partners has announced the growth recapitalization of Specialized Education Services, Inc. SESI is a private provider of specialized education services for children facing learning, language, and social challenges. CGP led a consortium including Prairie Capital, Twin Bridge Capital Partners, and the Company’s management team.
buyer: Chicago Growth Partners
buyer: Prairie Capital, L.P.
buyer: Twin Bridge Capital Partners
An experienced provider of equity and junior capital, Prairie Capital makes equity and mezzanine investments of between $5 and $15 million, typically in support of companies undergoing an ownership change. "
target: Specialized Education Services Inc
Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) provides specialized education services for children and youth facing learning, language, and social challenges. It offers various day school programs for students with disabilities and at-risk youth.
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closed 1/12/2009 via BusinessWire

AbleNet, Inc., acquired SoftTouch, Inc.

synopsis: AbleNet Incorporated, a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of assistive technologies and curriculum for people with disabilities, announced the acquisition of SoftTouch Inc. which focuses on the development of high-quality software and access devices for people with multiple physical and intellectual challenges.
buyer: AbleNet, Inc.
AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. "
target: SoftTouch, Inc.
SoftTouch has been working hard to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in the form of software solutions.
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closed 4/4/2008 via Company Press Release

RM plc, purchased a minority stake in Inclusive Technology Ltd.

synopsis: RM announces that, on 4 April 2008, it acquired a 25% stake in Inclusive Technology Ltd for a cash consideration of £1m. Inclusive Technology is one of the UK's leading suppliers of special educational needs (SEN) and early years products and services.
buyer: RM plc (GB:RM.:$277.37)
The RM Group is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, colleges & universities, and government education departments & agencies. RM works closely with educationalists to create new products, processes and technology which improve teaching and learning. "
target: Inclusive Technology Ltd.
Inclusive Technology provides the very best special educational needs software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids and assistive technology for learners with a physical disability, sensory impairment or learning difficulty.
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announced 4/25/2007 via

Wafra Partners, will acquire Freedom Scientific, Inc.

synopsis: Wafra Partners LLC and Wafra Investment Advisory Group, Inc. are pleased to announce the acquisition of Freedom Scientific, Inc. Freedom Scientific, Inc. is the leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products for those who are low vision or blind.
buyer: Wafra Partners
Wafra Partners is a private equity firm that seeks to invest in and build successful middle-market companies. Wafra Partners purchases control or significant minority positions in companies with strong management, high-upside, discernable value and growth drivers. "
target: Freedom Scientific, Inc.
Freedom Scientific, Inc. is the leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products for those who are low vision or blind. Assistive technology products make information, whether in electronic or print format, and computing accessible to those who are low vision or blind.
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closed 5/1/2014 via Market Wire

GW Micro merged with Ai Squared, Inc.,

synopsis: Ai Squared, the maker of ZoomText and sitecues, and the worldwide leader in assistive technology solutions for people who are visually impaired; and GW Micro, a trusted pioneer in the assistive technology industry, and the creator of Window-Eyes, have merged into one company.
buyer parent: TICC Capital Corp.
buyer: Ai Squared, Inc.
Ai Squared has been the worldwide leader in assistive technology solutions for people who are visually impaired for over 20 years. The product line is available in over 20 languages and sold in 45 countries through a network of over 350 global distributors. "
target: GW Micro
GW Micro, an adaptive technology vendor, provides high quality software and hardware solutions for blind and visually impaired individuals worldwide. Their software, Window-Eyes, has a wide variety of speech features and the flexibility needed for running today's most advanced Windows applications.
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closed 10/1/2020 via BusinessWire

The Speech Pathology Group, acquired Family Support Center

synopsis: SPG, a Ridgemont Equity Partners portfolio company and a leading provider of behavioral health and therapeutic services to children with autism and other disabilities, has acquired Family Support Center (FSC) and Go2Consult. FSC is a market leader in using applied behavior analysis therapy services to help children with autism and their families.
buyer parent: Ridgemont Equity Partners
buyer: The Speech Pathology Group
SPG is a leading school, clinic, and home-based provider of multidisciplinary services for children with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. The company provides comprehensive speech and language services, applied behavior analysis therapy, psychological services, and OT/PT services. "
target: Family Support Center
The Family Support Center (FCS) is a market leader in using applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services to help children with autism and their families. FCS's services are provided by a multidisciplinary team experienced in treatment excellence for autism spectrum disorders.
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closed 8/18/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Specialized Education Services Inc, acquired The Graham Academy

synopsis: Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who require additional educational and positive behavioral support, has acquired The Graham Academy, a special education school with locations in Kingston and Luzerne, Pennsylvania serving students with autism and other special needs.
buyer parent: The Vistria Group
buyer: Specialized Education Services Inc
Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a division of FullBloom, is a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who require additional educational and positive behavioral supports to overcome challenges that impede success in a traditional school setting. "
target: The Graham Academy
The Graham Academy is a special education school serving students with autism and other special needs in Pennsylvania. The Graham Academy serves school districts and families with its elementary school in Kingston for children in grades K–8, and a high school in Luzerne for students in grades 9–12.
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closed 8/12/2020 via PR Newswire

Blue Sprig, acquired Aptitude Habilitation Services (AHS), Inc.

synopsis: Blue Sprig Pediatrics, Inc. announces that it has acquired the assets of the Carmel, CA based Aptitude Habilitation Services. Aptitude is a multi-state clinic and home-based provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
buyer parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
buyer: Blue Sprig
BlueSprig, founded in 2017, is a clinic-based provider of Applied Behavior Analysis ("ABA") therapy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ("ASD"). Headquartered in Houston, TX, BlueSprig is the largest autism services provider in Texas, with locations in several other states in the US. "
target: Aptitude Habilitation Services (AHS), Inc.
Aptitude Habilitations Services was founded in 2009 and provides Applied Behavior Analysis ("ABA") treatment services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It serves the autism community with clinic and home-based services as well as community and school-based services in 11 states.
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Second Steps Day Nursery Ltd.

Magitaskolan AB and Kajan Friskola AB

Aurora Day School

Sunderland College

Florida Autism Center

Speechmark Publishing Limited

The Paciello Group

Acorn Care & Education Ltd.

Ai Squared, Inc.

Specialized Education Services Inc

Acorn Care & Education Ltd.

Specialized Education Services Inc

SoftTouch, Inc.

Inclusive Technology Ltd.

Freedom Scientific, Inc.

GW Micro

Family Support Center

The Graham Academy

Aptitude Habilitation Services (AHS), Inc.

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