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$4.4 Million to Improve Literacy and Education Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

  • Published: 2016-10-09 : Author: U.S. Department of Education : Contact:
  • Synopsis: U.S. Department of Education announces over $4.4 million in grants to improve literacy skills, outcomes and results for children with disabilities.

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"These awards will continue to address inclusion, equity and opportunity for all children, including those with disabilities."

"When we improve literacy skills for children with disabilities, including those with dyslexia, we are not just teaching them how to read, we are opening doors to a lifetime of more positive opportunities, such as improved academic skills, reduction in behavioral incidences, increased school completion, and lifelong learning," said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. "These awards will continue to address inclusion, equity and opportunity for all children, including those with disabilities."

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) awarded the following:

These grants align with the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) initiative, a coordinated federal effort to address persistent opportunity gaps and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

To ensure that all youth have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success, MBK is focused on six milestones, the second of which is literacy, Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade, ensuring that all children read at grade level by age 8 - the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.

The grants announced today will bolster the efforts of MBK Milestone 2 by supporting early literacy and positively impacting reading outcomes for students through the third grade.

National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities
University of Oregon$1.5 million
National Center for Intensive Intervention
American Institutes for Research$2.1 million
Model Demonstration Projects
University of Oregon at Portland$295,676
The University of Texas at Austin$245,905
American Institutes for Research$269,856

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