Evidence-based approach to teach basic reading skills to non-verbal students.
The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) is a reading program to help non-verbal students to learn how to read. ALL is designed to make literacy instruction easy, accessible and engaging for children with disabilities.
90% of students in America with complex communication needs enter adulthood without acquiring functional literacy skills.*
The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) Reading Program is an evidence-based approach designed specifically to teach basic reading skills to students who are non-verbal and require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Developed by researchers Dr. Janice Light and Dr. David McNaughton of Penn State, the program enables students to bypass oral responses at all stages of instruction, allowing even the most challenged students to learn to read. In addition, by following the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) philosophy, the ALL program is able to support learners with a broad range of ages and abilities.
The ALL Reading Program is based on the recommendations of the National Reading Panel, which state that literacy skills should be taught using the principles of effective instruction – combining direct instruction with application in the context of meaningful and motivating reading and writing activities. This program follows these recommendations by providing:
The ALL Reading Program teaches the six foundational skills of reading:
We’re excited that the team at Tobii Dynavox was able to realize the vision of software that can effectively support students with severe disabilities in their journey to literacy.
-Dr. Janice Light and Dr. David McNaughton, Pennsylvania State University researchers and creators of ALL
Dr. Light and Dr. McNaughton’s extensive research in the field of literacy for learners with complex communication needs can be viewed here. To help support their mission, a portion of Accessible Literacy Learning sales goes to fund ongoing AAC research at Penn State.
The ALL Software Edition is an app that includes the entire ALL reading program in an easy to use software package and delivers clear instruction that is accessible through touch, eyegaze, and scanning. Fully customizable to meet the needs of a broad range of students, ALL can easily be integrated with current literacy curriculums and provides teachers, aides, and parents with automated instruction supported by research.
The newest update to ALL includes an exciting new Game Mode that adds optional animations and sounds to motivate the learner! Making learning fun is a great way to keep the student curious and ready to read more.
The ALL Software currently contains over 45 reading books, and with more books being added, that teach CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. And now, we're happy to announce the arrival of 2 new seasonal books, just in time for the back-to-school season! The seasonal books help students to participate in and read about time-relevant topics while working to build literacy skills. Also, they help to add more topics and additional opportunities to learn new concepts.
One license of ALL includes:
* Foley, B. & Wolter, J.A. (2010). Literacy intervention for transition-aged youth: What is and what could be. In McNaughton, D., & Beukelman, D. (Eds.), Language, Literacy, and AAC Issues for Transition- Age Youth (pp. 35-68). Baltimore, MD: Brookes.
ALL Software Edition is available on different platforms and devices - standard Windows computers, speech generating devices in the I-Series+ and the T-Series as well as for iOS.