PrAACtical Thinking Literacy, AT, & Students with Significant Disabilities

Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Carole Zangari

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Literacy, AT, & Students with Significant Disabilities

Literacy, AT, & Students with Significant Disabilities
Earlier this year, we shared some articles about supporting students who use AAC in general education settings. Although we don’t have data to back this up, our estimation is that most children who use AAC are not in inclusive classrooms. Nonetheless, they all learn literacy skills. In this post, we share an article about literacy learning in students with significant disabilities by Karen Erikson, Penny Hatch, and Sally Clendon. We love the way that it addresses a comprehensive approach to learning to read and write and how AT can be used to support the learning process.

You can access that article here.


Erikson, K., Hatch, P., & Clendon, S. (2010). Literacy, assistive technology, and students with significant disabilities. Focus on Exceptional Children, 42,5, 1-17.

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Carole Zangari

Carole Zangari has been involved in the practice and teaching of AAC for over 20 years. She is a professor of speech-language pathology and has been fortunate to have been able to introduce many children and adults to the world of AAC. "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt

2 Responses to Literacy, AT, & Students with Significant Disabilities

  1. Tim Villegas says:


    Such a wonderful article and so many different ideas running through my mind right now. Thank you so much for linking to this article…do you have permission to share this article widely? I would love to link to it from a blog post.

    Appreciate all the wonderful work you do. Awesome.


    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Tim. It really is a great article isn’t it? I don’t have the authority to give permission for wider dissemination – sorry about that! We really appreciate the kind words about our work. I have to believe that the combined efforts of everyone out there who is advocating for these kids will pay off little by little.

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