teaches phonics and early reading to
students in elementary, middle, and high
school with complex learning barriers.
Comprehensive reading curriculum across English Language Arts, Science, Life Skills, Social Studies,
Multiple levels of graphic
novels and informational
text, supported by authentic
literature, videos, and
Readtopia features online educational materials that guide your instructional time throughout the day across multiple subjects.
With Readtopia, you can enhance learning for the widest range of student needs, from non-readers to beginning readers.
Readtopia presents instruction in thematic units to help you fully reach students with all kinds of abilities, backgrounds, and knowledge.
Karen Erickson is the director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where she is focused on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities.
Dr. Erickson is the co-author of “Comprehensive Literacy for All—Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Read and Write,” which outlines evidence-based instructional strategies that inform Readtopia.
Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities.
She has taught courses at several universities, authored a number of books on educational topics, and presented thousands of workshops throughout the world. She is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).
Readtopia® by Building Wings is a comprehensive literacy curriculum for students with complex learning needs in Grades 3 – High School+.
Drawn from Erickson & Koppenhaver’s Comprehensive Literacy for All: Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities to Read and Write (2019), Readtopia provides educators with all the books, lesson plans and instructional guidance they need to deliver age-respectful, engaging, and evidence-based literacy instruction.
Readtopia supports students in late elementary, middle, high school, and transition. Upper elementary thematic units were released at the end of the 2019-2020 school year and additional units are in an ongoing development process.
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.