More on Literacy

by DB-LINK on May 1, 2006
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A number of excellent resources on Literacy are not available online. The following is a list of some key resources.  If you would like help in locating items on the list or getting additional information, contact us via email at

Remarkable Conversations : Guide to developing meaningful communication with children and young adults who are deafblind --Miles, Barbara (Ed.); Riggio, Marianne (Ed.) Watertown, MA: Perkins School for the Blind. (1999) This book is a practical guide for teachers, family members and others who play a critical, direct role in the lives of children who are deafblind. Good communication is emphasized and illustrated with stories that are based on positive, real experiences. The beginning chapters lay the foundation for the development of instructional programs for children who are congenitally deafblind or who have become deafblind early in life. Later chapters look more specifically and sequentially at the nuts and bolts of providing meaningful experiences for these learners. The final chapters address some of the underlying issues that are fundamental to providing personalized educational services for infants, children, and young adults who are deafblind. The book is available from Perkins School for the Blind , 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472, Attn: Public Relations & Publications. Telephone: (617)972-7328; fax: (617)972-7334. The cost is $40.00.

Teaching Language Arts, Math, & Science To Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities --Browder, Diane M., Ph.D. (Ed.); Spooner, Fred, Ph.D. (Ed.) Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. (2006) The purpose of this book is to show meaningful ways to help students with significant cognitive disabilities meet the expectation of the No Child Left Behind Act that all students can and must make progress in reading, math, and science. In this book, "a student with a significant cognitive disability" is defined as one who: requires substantial modifications, adaptations, or supports to meaningfully access grade-level content; requires intensive individualized instruction in order to acquire and generalize knowledge; and is working toward alternate achievement standards for grade-level content. It includes chapters on promoting access to the general curriculum; building literacy at the presymbolic and early symbolic levels (by June Downing); learning to read; balanced literacy classrooms and embedded instruction; enhancing numeracy; math standards and functional math; science standards and functional skills; math and science skills; how students demonstrate academic performance and portfolio assessment; and promoting alignment of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Cost: $49.95. Publisher's web site:  

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