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  • AbleNet Acquires BIGtrack Trackball Product Line to Expand Computer Access Offerings for Persons with Disabilities

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    AbleNet Acquires BIGtrack Trackball Product Line to Expand Computer Access Offerings for Persons with Disabilities

    AbleNet, a world leader in manufacturing and distributing assistive technology for persons with disabilities has acquired the BIGtrack trackball product line expanding distribution of this popular computer access tool worldwide.

    ROSEVILLE, Minn. – May 3, 2013 – AbleNet, Inc. announced today the acquisition of the BIGtrack product line from Infogrip, Inc., a leading provider of assistive technology products. The acquisition includes the BIGtrack and the switch adapted BIGtrack. Both products incorporate a 3-inch trackball making them the largest trackball computer access tools available.

    "The BIGtrack products are well regarded and AbleNet is enthusiastic to include these computer access tools in our assistive technology portfolio for global distribution,” said Jen Thalhuber, AbleNet CEO. "The BIGtrack switch adapted trackball uses AbleNet switches for increased access for individuals with more significant disabilities which makes this product a perfect fit in our offerings.”

    According to Aaron Gaston and Liza Jacobs, co-owners of Infogrip Inc., the acquisition of the BIGtrack product line will benefit people with disabilities because of AbleNet worldwide distribution channels and premier position in the market. They noted, "BIGtrack has been an important product for us for more than a decade and AbleNet will increase the availability of this important computer access tool through its extensive global reseller network."

    The BIGtrack’s large ball requires less fine motor control than a standard trackball and it is ruggedly built. It has a left and a right mouse click button located behind the trackball to avoid unwanted mouse clicks. The bright, large 3-inch trackball helps make mouse movements easy and accurate and the oversized buttons make mouse clicks simple for those with poor motor control. For even more access, the switch adapted BIGtrack comes with two standard 1/8" plugs for two switches. Its left and right mouse clicks have been adapted so that you can use a switch for activation.

    This large trackball is also perfect for kids of all ages, especially children in preschool. The large trackball is easy on little hands and is simple to use. The BIGtrack is easy to install and works on any Windows or Macintosh computer that has a USB or PS/2 port.

    About AbleNet
    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. This includes a complete line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair-mounting devices for people who require physical supports; and special education classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning progress. Our products are used in hundreds of thousands of homes, clinics and classrooms in the United States and across the globe. AbleNet is an ESOP company located in Roseville, Minnesota. For more information visit

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