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Fredericton-Based Developer of Autism Learning Software Named National Winner of Rogers Innovations At Work Award

    - Virtual Expert Clinics to be recognized for creating AutismPro at
    March 28th leadership luncheon in Toronto -

    TORONTO, ON, March 4 /CNW/ - Rogers today announced that
Fredericton-based Virtual Expert Clinics, developer of AutismPro learning
software for children with developmental disorders, has won one of two
inaugural Rogers Innovations At Work Awards. Launched nationwide last fall,
the Rogers Innovations At Work Award program recognizes small businesses with
fewer than 20 employees whose innovative products, creative marketing
initiatives or unique human resources practices contribute to their success.
    "The ability to innovate - to change the market by offering something new
or by improving the way companies and employees do business - is a fundamental
determinant of success," said Steven Wagner, Senior Vice-President and Chief
Marketing Officer, Rogers Cable. "We are pleased to recognize Virtual Expert
Clinics with a Rogers Innovations At Work Award for their achievement."
    The brain-child of Cynthia Howroyd, a speech language pathologist and
president of Virtual Expert Clinics, AutismPro is an easy-to-use software
program that builds profiles of affected children and guides parents,
therapists and teachers step-by-step through the process of designing and
delivering customized autism programs. Their 500-word submission was deemed
the most innovative and creative in the products & services category by a
panel of judges from the PROFIT Magazine editorial team and Rogers small
business segment staff.
    "Virtual Expert Clinics' AutismPro software story exemplifies what it
means to be innovative," said Ian Portsmouth, Editor-in-Chief, PROFIT
Magazine. "Ms. Howroyd not only recognized a unique need for her AutismPro
software, she and her team were nimble and smart enough to deliver it."
    By collaborating with an international team of autism experts, each with
unique insights into the condition and treatment options, a key innovation -
the ability to design and implement programs that meet each child's unique
treatment needs - was realized.
    "We knew early in the process that we were onto something with AutismPro
- It was so innovative," said Cynthia Howroyd, President, Virtual Expert
Clinics. "We are honoured to receive the Rogers Innovations At Work Award in
recognition of our efforts bringing our product to market."
    Virtual Expert Clinics will join IQ Partners of Toronto, winner in the
human resources category, at a leadership luncheon on March 28th in Toronto
with senior Rogers executives, the editors of Canadian Business and PROFIT
magazines. Winners will also receive a corporate profile in PROFIT, Canada's
leading magazine for entrepreneurs.
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    About Rogers Cable:
    Rogers Cable Communications Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rogers
Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian
communications and media company. Rogers Cable's advanced digital two-way
network passes approximately 3.6 million homes in Ontario, New Brunswick and
Newfoundland, with 64% basic penetration of its homes passed. Rogers Cable
pioneered high-speed Internet access and now 41% of homes passed by its cable
networks are Internet customers while 64% of its basic cable customers
subscribe to Rogers' high-speed Internet service. With 59% digital
penetration, Rogers Cable offers a leading selection of High Definition TV
programming, a complete array of Rogers On Demand services (including Video on
Demand (VOD), Subscription VOD, Personal Video Recorders and Timeshifting
channels), and an extensive line-up of sports and multicultural programming.
Rogers Cable now offers home telephone service (voice-over-cable) to
approximately 94% of its cable territory and, combined with its circuit
switched telephony subscribers, has over 1 million local telephony customers.
Rogers Cable is a national provider of voice communications services, data
networking, and broadband Internet connectivity to small, medium and large
businesses. In addition it operates over 450 Rogers Retail stores.
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