Functional Reading

Research shows that individuals with significant cognitive disabilities can learn to read if provided with systematic, intensive and ongoing instruction. Unfortunately, individuals with intellectual disabilities have often been denied high quality reading instruction. Learning to read will improve your student’s opportunities and life choices. Our program at The Reading Connection focuses on the following methodologies to teach functional reading to cognitively disabled individuals of all ages. Instructors in this program are master’s level reading specialists who also have experience and training in working with children, adolescents and adults with significant cognitive impairments.

Reading instruction in terms of:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Decoding (regular words)
  • Sight word recognition (irregular words)
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Phonological awareness
  • Written expression
  • Academic application of reading: reading of books
  • Real life application of reading: reading of signs, menus, job applications, etc.


All the materials are provided.


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HRB Investments and Macho Self Storage provide a storage unit for the Literacy United to store books. Books are given to partner organizations and other nonprofits for distribution to children living in poverty situations.