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About VORT

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Company Mission
At VORT we are dedicated to helping you serve infants, toddlers, children, and their families. Our products are designed to encourage effective planning and communication, and to help you get the most from your limited time. We call our products Practical Tools because they can help you save time, they are developmental in design, and they are comprehensive yet easy-to-use. The HELP products are best sellers used by Early Intervention, Early Childhod, Head Start, and Special Education professionals.

Company Values
The original concept for the term "VORT" was developed by Tom Holt in response to a 1970 essay contest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on "How Can Information Science Benefit Mankind?" The initial theme seemed apparent -- help people and organizations define Objectives and use their limited Resources within Time to meet the objectives. But objectives alone do not ensure "benefit." It was obvious that guiding "values" were key to providing information and developing systems that were of benefit to society and mankind. Thus the concept of VORT: Values, Objectives, Resources, and Time; with Values guiding the definition and attainment of Objectives met by the application of Resources within Time.

Company Background
In 1970, after developing manufacturing-control and management information systems for some of the original Silicon Valley semiconductor companies, Tom accepted a job as coordinator for a federal project to develop systems for special education programs. The Behavioral Characteristics Progression (the BCP -- one of the earliest and most successful criterion-referenced assessments) resulted from this project. To help develop the BCP and complete other special education projects, Tom formed VORT Corporation in 1971.

In 1972, based on its innovative work developing the BCP, VORT Corporation was asked by court-appointed national experts and the state of Pennsylvania to help develop statewide systems for the landmark Pennsylvania Right to Education effort. This effort influenced the creation of P.L. 94-142 and included development of one of the first student-based computerized instructional systems. Subsequently, VORT expanded staff and offices to complete a variety of state and local projects for special education and Child Find programs in the states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, North Carolina, and California. In 1975 VORT began publishing developmental, criterion-referenced materials for special education.

VORT's products, specifically HELP®, have become best-selling "practical tools" for Special Ed, Early Intervention, and Head Start.