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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.

Our History of Excellence - our mission

The Legacy of Don Johnston

IMPACT

IMPACT

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.

INSPIRATION

INSPIRATION

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.

TRANSFORMATION

TRANSFORMATION

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.

Our Mission

Building Wings creates special education resources that help teachers take ALL students to new heights in their learning.

Building Wings Success Stories

CASE STUDY

CASE STUDY

First Author® Helps Teacher Spark Writing Breakthroughs for Students

VIDEO

VIDEO

Readtopia® Meets Diverse Student Needs, Growing Excitement for Reading

CASE STUDY

CASE STUDY

Readtopia® Restores Balance in a Teacher’s Classroom and Life

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.

Website: https://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds

Author Profile: https://products.brookespublishing.com/cw_Contributorinfo.aspx?ContribID=110&Name=Karen+Erickson,Ph.D.

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