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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. 

Questions & Answers about Literacy and Dyslexia [PDF]
This fact sheet answers frequently asked questions and explains how to get help if your child is struggling to learn to read. An abridged version is available in SpanishFrench, and Arabic [PDF].

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].