Launching Young Readers: A Chance to Read
Have you ever heard of assumicide? For generations, many people have assumed that children with disabilities will never learn to read — so they never give them a chance.
Hosted by Molly Ringwald, A Chance to Read looks at the reading challenges facing kids with disabilities, and what schools across the country are doing to help them find success. In New Mexico, Minnesota, Georgia, and Texas we'll meet the amazing kids, parents, researchers, and teachers who are working to eliminate assumicide and give every child a chance to read. The program is divided into the following segments:
Signs of Literacy: At Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville, Minnesota, Kitri Kyllo's deaf and hard of hearing program is showing first graders like Jedidiah Figueroa how to read using cued English.
Twice Exceptional: Dr. Dennis Higgins teaches seven boys in New Mexico who need some unique instruction. They are "twice exceptional," which means they are both intellectually gifted and struggling to remediate an identified learning disability.
Untapped Potential: In Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Patricia Mathes and her team are working to learn the best way to teach reading to children with cognitive disabilities, a population that are often in danger of being academically ignored.
Access Granted: Dr. Lee has a Ph.D., a great job, and learning disabilities. While his LD made school a challenge, he kept plugging away and is now director of the Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC) for the University System of Georgia. Today, he helps others learn how to utilize the assistive technologies he loves so much.
How I See Words: Ethan Ligon, of Denton, Texas, is a ten-year-old Elvis fan who reads with his fingertips. Thanks to incredible dedication and support of his family and teachers, Ethan has grown into a strong Braille reader.
A Chance to Read is the ninth episode of Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers, WETA's award-winning series of innovative half-hour programs about how children learn to read, why so many struggle, and what we can do to help.
Available in DVD format.
Running time: 26 minutes