David A. Koppenhaver, Ph.D., is Professor in the
Reading Education and Special Education Department at Appalachian
State University. His research focuses on literacy in individuals
with significant disabilities, including those with complex
communication needs. He and David Yoder cofounded the Center for
Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill in 1990.
Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D., is Yoder Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former teacher of children with significant disabilities, Dr. Erickson's current research addresses literacy and communication assessment and intervention for students with a range of disabilities, including significant disabilities. Dr. Erickson is codeveloper of the Tar Heel Reader online library of accessible books for beginning readers as well as several other assistive, learning, and communication technologies.
"Karen and David believe all children can learn to read and write. Their work is changing the world. And the best news is that with this book, they tell us how they do it, so we can do it too." --Tina Moreno, M.A., CCC-SLP