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Volume 39 | Issue 2 | Winter 2013 | “The Importance of Literacy”

The articles in this issue of Connections look for ways to promote the development of literacy among individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, given that past practices have not been very successful. Although past practices give little direction, we are now at a time when we can explore different approaches and add these approaches to other valued practices such as inclusive education and learning the content of the general curriculum. We also need to realize that engagement in literacy will be more viable if we do not limit our concept of literacy and do not assume that the ability to benefit from literacy is limited and exclusive. 


  • Magdalena Avila and Lauro Silva, Milagro's Story: The Role of Literacy for Children with Extensive Support Needs within the Context of Family Life.
  • Kara F. Halley and Karen McCaleb, To Be or Not To Be a Reader: The Importance of Literacy in the Lives of Individuals with Significant Support Needs.
  • Lewis Jackson, Realizing Literacy in the Lives of Our Children and Youth with Significant Intellectual Disabilities. 
  • Jessica A. McCord and Elizabeth B. Keefe, Literacy for ALL as a Critical Purpose for Schooling.
  • J.S. de Valenzuela and Susan R. Copeland, Literacy for English Learners with Extensive Support Needs.
  • Ann-Marie Orlando and Pam Kissoondyal, Improving Communication through Literacy: A Case Study.