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Why Us?

Building Wings educators know they are giving their students the best possible instruction for alternative reading and writing.

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Our Mission

Led by Don Johnston, Building Wings creates special education resources that help teachers take ALL students to new heights in their learning.

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eLearning has created a new set of challenges for students with complex learning barriers. With Readtopia, educators can help learners reach new heights in and out of the classroom.

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Our History of Excellence

Building Wings is a new chapter in the legacy of Don Johnston, an esteemed advocate on disability issues in education and a leader in assistive technology development.

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Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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