SOURCE: Virtuon

Virtuon

March 08, 2011 11:00 ET

Virtuon Launches vPresence Virtual Desktop as a Learning Tool for Patients With Autism

Program Now Available on Both Apple® iPad and Desktop Platforms, Offers Patients and Clinicians Flexible Treatment Options

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - Andrew Gajkowski, 17, is living with autism and the disorder impacts every aspect of the bright Phoenix teenager's life. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects one in every 110 American children under the age of eight. While great strides have been made in the treatment and teaching options for those living with autism, there are still many gaps.

"There is a lack of programs to support highly functioning autistic students in the school system," said Sandi Sybrant, Andrew's mother, whose search for treatment options for Andrew led to Touchstone Behavioral Health, a Phoenix-based treatment center that specializes in working with children.

"We've been looking for ways to integrate virtual desktop technology into some of our autism programs for some time now," said Steven Porter, Chief Information Officer at Touchstone Behavioral Health. "With Virtuon's most recent refinements, the vPresence virtual desktop gives Andrew and me the freedom to work safely and securely on his social and computer skills without being locked in a computer lab."

Remote access to specialized autism treatment tools allows therapists and patients like Andrew to continue developing real-world life skills outside of traditional clinical environments. In Andrew's specific case, his natural interest in computers allows Steve to use technology to expand Andrew's social skills in an environment where he can thrive. "This virtual desktop has helped me to find my place in the world," said Andrew.

vPresence is part of a suite of solutions offered by Virtuon across a variety of desktop and mobile platforms, including Apple® iPad and tablet PCs. For more information about vPresence, please contact Virtuon at 877-298-2083 or at www.virtuon-inc.com/vpresence.

For more information about the Family-Centered Autism Program, please contact Touchstone Behavioral Health at 602-732-4967 or at www.touchstonebh.org.

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Virtuon is a computer systems service provider that specializes in virtualization, business continuity, and cloud computing. The company's infrastructure solutions include consultation, data center services and hardware and software products supported by a team of expert certified engineers. Virtuon has established a reputation for quality of service, expertise and experience implementing a breadth of cloud computing solutions. For more information, please visit www.virtuon-inc.com

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