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Literacy Corner: Resources on Learning to Read & Write

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A is for All: Meeting the Literacy Needs of Students with and without Disabilities in the New York City Public Schools [PDF]
In March 2016,  AFC released this report documenting the need for urgent and sustained action to address the particularly low literacy levels for low-income students with disabilities. The report discusses the key elements for teaching reading effectively to all students, reviews research and case stories indicating that students with a wide range of disabilities are capable of learning to read if they receive appropriate instruction, highlights a number of promising programs in New York City, and provides recommendations for implementing systemic and lasting change.

The Advocate: Special Edition on Literacy [PDF]
The Winter 2019 issue of AFC's newsletter for parents and professionals, The Advocate, is a special edition dedicated to literacy! Highlights include answers to frequently asked questions about reading instruction, phonics, and Orton-Gillingham; fact versus fiction when it comes to dyslexia; and much more. 

Reading Milestones: What your child should know and be able to do [PDF]
This fact sheet (adapted from the newsletter above) describes what your child should be learning during each of their first few years of school in order to become a successful reader. It also lists common warning signs of future difficulty or disability.

Literacy and Parent-Teacher Conferences [PDF]
This fact sheet provides suggestions for questions to ask your child’s teachers about how well they're learning to read and write. Also available in Spanish [PDF].

Questions & Answers about Literacy: A fact sheet for families of students who need more help learning to read and write [PDF]
This fact sheet answers frequently asked questions and explains how to get help if your child is struggling. Also available in SpanishFrench, and Arabic [PDF].