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Founded by Don Johnston, we provide
instructional resources to enable
educators to help ALL learners soar.
Members of the Building Wings Team with Don Johnston

How ALL Learners Soar!

Our curriculum products are used by special educators to provide leveled and differentiated instruction using age-respectful learning materials that are research-based and standards aligned. We partner with an accomplished team of leading educators to create resources used by thousands of teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, assistive technology specialists and paraprofessionals and our experienced team of curriculum specialists provide support during and after implementation.
Meeting the widest range of needs for students with complex learning barriers; we believe reading and writing are within reach for ALL learners.

Our History of Excellence


For over 40 years, Don Johnston, founder and CEO of Building Wings, has helped students and teachers build literacy skills through specially-designed curriculum and assistive technology. His technologies, implementation, and personal connections have made the impossible possible in over 32,000 schools across America.


At the heart of Don’s endeavors is inspiration gained during his personal journey as a reader who struggled in school. In eighth grade, a teacher recognized his potential and helped him think and learn in non-traditional ways. This is the philosophy behind all of Don’s product development and company endeavors.


Through Don’s leadership and long-standing partnerships with interdisciplinary experts, Building Wings is creating special education resources to help many more students reach new heights in their literacy development.

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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