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Reading Intervention Outcomes for Adults With Disabilities in a Vocational Rehabilitation Setting: Results of a 3-Year Research and Demonstration Grant.

Vanderberg, L. E., Pierce, M. E., & Disney, L. J. (2011). Reading intervention outcomes for adults with disabilities in a vocational rehabilitation setting: Results of a three-year research and demonstration grant. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 54, 210-222. doi:10.1177/0034355211402518


This study reports on an examination of the effectiveness of a reading intervention for adults with disabilities in a vocational rehabilitation setting. Participants were 57 adults with disabilities and low reading skills enrolled at the Reading Clinic at the Michigan Career and Technical Institute. As part of a 3-year research and demonstration grant evaluation project, participants received an individualized reading intervention that targeted phonological processing, orthographic pattern recognition, and comprehension for adults with disabilities and low reading levels. The particular program incorporated fluency exercises at every level of the structured, explicit, and systematic intervention curriculum. Results showed that participants made moderate to large gains in passage reading accuracy and comprehension during the course of the intervention. Gains in passage reading rate were not statistically significant. Results are discussed in relation to theories of reading disability and intervention for adults with reading disabilities in vocational rehabilitation settings.

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