Intel and ITAC to Honour Canada's IT Hero



    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Kayla Cornale is using IT to improve the
lives of autistic children. This year, ITAC and presenting sponsor Intel will
name Kayla our Canadian IT Hero, and present her with an award at the ITAC
Chairs' Dinner, June 19, 2007, at the Rosewater Supper Club in Toronto.
    Inspired by challenges faced by her ten year-old relative, Kayla Cornale
created a music-based teaching system called Sounds into Syllables. By linking
the musical components of pitch and harmony, this system helps autistic
children learn to read, spell, classify words and correctly identify facial
expressions for a series of emotions.
    The purpose of Sounds into Syllables is to assist autistic children in
learning to identify letters, words and sentences so they may one day be able
to read. Scientific research indicates that many autistic children have
difficulty processing language. Kayla developed a teaching system that
incorporates language in a spoken, written and musical format in the hope of
simultaneously activating multiple areas of the brain and in so doing improve
the ability to learn language.

    About The IT Hero Award Program

    Starting in 2001, in partnership with Industry Canada, ITAC developed an
award to help celebrate and recognize the achievements of people across Canada
who used technology in innovative ways helping others to get connected. Since
2001, there have been over 100 award recipients.
    ITAC presents one Canadian IT Hero Award at the annual ITAC Chairs'
dinner in June, and provincial community IT Hero awards are presented at
events held in conjunction with the Canadian ICT Federation.

    About ITAC

    The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is the voice of
the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry in all
sectors including telecommunications and Internet services, ICT consulting
services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content. ITAC's
network of companies accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 589,000 jobs,
$137.6 billion in revenue, $5.2 billion in R&D investment, $22.6 billion in
exports and $11.5 billion in capital expenditures that the industry
contributes annually to the Canadian economy.




For further information:

For further information: Linda Oliver, Vice President, ITAC, (613)
238-2250, x222, loliver@itac.ca; Nicole Helsberg, Manager, Communications,
ITAC, (905) 602-8345, x240, nhelsberg@itac.ca

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