The purpose of the Reading Development Project is to understand the trajectory of students with intellectual disabilities (ID) in reading and language.  We hope to provide a clear picture of how much growth teachers can expect in areas critical for reading success:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Concepts About Print
  • Letter Names and Sounds
  • Decoding
  • Word Reading
  • Text Reading
  • Expressive and Receptive Vocabulary
  • Listening and Reading Comprehension

We also want to understand the context the children are developing within and will interview parents and teachers about their literacy practices and instructional choices. 


We are currently recruiting children with Intellectual Disability in Grades 1, 2, and 3.  The label that they are served under in Special Education is not important.  They can be in public or private school. What matters is that they fit our criteria of < 2 SD in adapative functioning AND <2 SD in IQ. 

Benefits for Families

  • Screening to see if your child qualifies
  • Choice of 2 locations for testing
  • $50 for family time and effort
  • Free yearly assessments in reading and language


Contact us for more information!

Parents, if you are interested in learning more about this project or want to know how to enroll, click here.