DynaVox Mayer-Johnson Names Augie Nieto to its Board of Directors

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Founder of Life Fitness and Crusader in Finding a Cure for ALS to Help Shape Future Direction of the Company

DynaVox Mayer-Johnson, the world's leading provider of communication and education solutions for individuals with speech, language and learning disabilities, today announced that the company has appointed Augie Nieto to its Board of Directors. A successful entrepreneur and business executive, Mr. Nieto is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and communicates using a DynaVox EyeMax system. Augie will bring a unique perspective to the Board of DynaVox Mayer-Johnson by contributing his business knowledge, along with his first-hand experience as a speech device user, in helping DynaVox achieve its next phase of growth.

Mr. Nieto co-founded Life Fitness and led its growth to what is today the world's largest fitness company. Since being diagnosed with ALS in 2005, he has focused his energies on funding research to find a cure for ALS. As Chief Inspiration Officer of Augie's Quest, Mr. Nieto has raised over $20 million to fund research performed by the ALS Therapy Development Institute. This research is already yielding some promising results. Augie and his wife, Lynne, are also co-chairs of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's ALS division.

"We are delighted and fortunate to have Augie join our Board of Directors," said Jim Liken, Chairman of the Board of DynaVox Mayer-Johnson. "Augie brings exceptional business acumen combined with a passion for helping those with disabilities. His personal experience in facing communication challenges and overcoming them with the DynaVox EyeMax makes him uniquely suited for a role on our Board. We are excited to work with Augie in shaping new growth strategies for the company."

"I am excited to be joining the DynaVox Mayer-Johnson Board of Directors," said Mr. Nieto. "I started my journey in looking for communication solutions a year ago and selected a DynaVox solution which lets me communicate by moving and blinking my eyes. Since then, I have experienced what makes DynaVox great – the technology of course, but also the people and support. By embracing a device user as a Board member, the company is clearly demonstrating leadership in the AAC field and compassion in its culture.

"For me, communication is what gives me the will to continue living," Mr. Nieto continued. "There is a tremendous opportunity to help the millions of people worldwide who cannot communicate. I hope to help DynaVox Mayer-Johnson achieve that goal."

Mr. Nieto is the co-author of Augie's Quest, his own story of his journey from "success to significance." He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on NBC's Today Show, on FOX News, in Parade Magazine, and has been a special guest on Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day Telethon. Augie lives in Corona Del Mar, CA with his wife, Lynne, and their children.



Contact

Joanne Kaufmann, DynaVox Mayer-Johnson
412-222-7837,joanne.kaufmann@dynavoxtech.com

Reenie Kuhlman, Good PR
412-478-7947,reeniekuhlman@yahoo.com



About DynaVox Mayer-Johnson
DynaVox Mayer-Johnson develops a range of speech communication and education solutions designed to help children and adults challenged by significant speech, language and learning disabilities make meaningful connections and participate in the home, classroom and the community. The company's DynaVox line of speech communication devices gives a voice to the millions of people who are unable to use speech as their primary means of communication due to the effects of conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's Disease, autism and mental retardation. The Mayer-Johnson line of print-based and on-screen education products engage students in the learning process and support academic achievement. Driven by a strong entrepreneurial culture, the company develops technology-based products and offers an extensive customer support program to assist individuals as well as their families and support professionals. For more information about DynaVox Mayer-Johnson, visit www.dynavoxtech.com.

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