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Literacy is a core component of daily life, yet in many countries students-especially those with disabilities-are not acquiring the literacy skills they need. A long-anticipated toolkit, produced by the Reading within Reach (REACH) project and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provides practical advice on using research-based instructional strategies to improve reading outcomes for all students.
An event on September 7 highlighted the content and practical applications of the toolkit, which is titled "Universal Design for Learning to Help All Children Read: Promoting Literacy for Learners with Disabilities." The toolkit is designed to help educators identify ways that children with a range of disabilities should be reached by EGR programs. More than 85 people participated either in person or online in the event, which was held at the University Research Co, LLC headquarters office in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This video recording of the event includes remarks from lead author, Anne Hayes, and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Disability Advisor at the World Bank, who served as discussant for the presentation. She noted that the toolkit "really raises the bar...in terms of inclusive education."