Readtopia at Home: Supporting Students with Complex Needs Thinking back to February 2020—it seems like an entirely different world. In
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.