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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

T31 - Research to Practice: Expanding the Outreach of Empower Reading, an Evidence-Based Intervention Program, With a Global Partner in India

Nov 9, 2017 3:15pm ‐ Nov 9, 2017 4:15pm

Standard: $20.00


This presentation describes a partnership between The Hospital for Sick Children (in Canada) and the Morris Foundation in Pune, India, an IDA Global Partner and a resource center for children and teens with LD. The focus is on implementation of Empower Reading, a comprehensive, evidence-based, literacy program for children and teens with reading disabilities. The culmination of 35 years of research, Empower Reading has reached more than 25,000 Canadian children. This new collaboration will explore whether the program could benefit children in developing countries where English is the main language of instruction.

Learning Outcomes:

  • READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Examine a collaborative service model designed to deliver literacy services to children and adults with language learning disabilities.
  • READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Examine the effect of age and method of instruction on the development of early literacy.
  • READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Examine the role of vocabulary acquisition and ability in listening and reading comprehension, and in speaking and writing.
  • READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Outline the critical components for proficient reading including language development, phonological awareness, decoding, fluency and comprehension.
  • RESEARCH: Examine research findings and implications for practice relevant to students with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities.

Disclosure: Maria De Palma is employed by the Hospital for Sick Children. Uma Kulkarni is employed by the Dr. Anjali Morris Education and Health Foundation. No relevant financial relationship exists.


  • Maria De Palma, M.A., Associate Empower Reading Director and Systems Coordinator , Learning Disabilities Research Program, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Uma Kulkani, MBBS, DCH, PGDHHM, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Anjali Morris Education and Health Foundation

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