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Article Spotlights New Toolkit for Helping All Children Read

An article by Doug Trapp on the University Research Co., LLC (URC) website spotlights a new toolkit that describes how to use the principles of Universal Design for Learning to help learners with disabilities—and all children—learn to read. The long-anticipated “Universal Design for Learning to Help All Children Read: Promoting Literacy for Learners with Disabilities” was introduced at a September 7 event at URC headquarters. The toolkit was prepared by the Reading within Reach (REACH) project, which is funded by USAID and led by URC.

The toolkit serves as a guide for educators on how to ensure all students achieve literacy. It provides evidence-based research on educating students with disabilities while providing recommendations on how to build a holistic, multi-tiered model of supports within the general education classroom.

“The main reason we’re doing this is because, honestly, we’re failing these kids,” said Anne Hayes, the toolkit’s lead author and a consultant for the REACH project, during the launch event. To read the full article, click here.

Note: The toolkit is currently in limited release; it will be available to the public shortly. To receive notification of its availability, please contact

Friday, September 14, 2018
Doug Trapp