Camp ALEC 2016

Camp will again be held at Indian Trails Camp in Grand Rapids, MI. This is a beautiful barrier free camp. Indian Trails hosts campers of all abilities, and can provide 1:1 care if needed. They are staffed with a full time nurse and offer many recreational activities for the campers.  You can visit Indian Trails Camp at:

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Camp Dates August 14-20, 2016

2016 camp application – COMING SOON

Campers whose primary communication mode is AAC (Augmentative and alternative communication) are highly encouraged to attend.  During this session campers will enjoy our regular recreational activities and also work daily with educational specialists on literacy-related activities.  Informal descriptive reports of literacy assessments and evidence -based interventions are provided to families to share with their educational teams.  Literacy activities will be held in 1:1 settings and customized based on each camper’s unique needs.  Children and young adults with physical and language disabilities are welcome to attend Literacy Camp!  Campers MUST have a reliable means of communication, which may include an AAC system. At minimum, campers should recognize most of their letters and letter sounds as well as demonstrate an interest in and the ABILITY TO ATTEND to book reading activities.  However, this camp is NOT just for beginning readers.  Required with the application should be a current IEP (recent educational evaluation reports can be submitted in addition to the IEP) and for new applicants a video up to five minutes long showing us how your child communicates and examples of page sets they use.  More information regarding the video will be included with the application.  These will allow us to enable customized assessment and intervention throughout the week.

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Meet Drs. Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver

Karen EricksonDr.  Karen Erickson is the Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, and a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill within the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences.  A part of Karen’s literacy work focuses on assessment and instruction for individuals with significant disabilities.  Karen has helped to develop Tar Heel Reader, an online library of accessible stories for beginning readers.  Karen, along with David Koppenhaver, continue to hold workshops and trainings using the four  blocks whole to part assessment.

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David Koppenhaver Dr. David Koppenhaver is a professor at the Appalachian State University for the Department of Reading and Special Education.  David works with Karen Erickson researching the area of literacy for children with significant disabilities.  David is co-founder of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  You can find David at: