Oregon Cultural Trust Expands Access to Literature for Children in Special Education

Oregon Cultural Trust Expands Access to Literature for Children in Special Education

Students with disabilities will receive a vast audiovisual library and assistive technology to develop literacy and a love of reading

October 14, 2019 (Portland, OR)The Shadow Project, a Portland nonprofit committed to making school more accessible and engaging for children with disabilities, has received a $19,679 Cultural Development grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The grant will expand a Reading Mentors program through which elementary school students are gaining up to two years in reading proficiency and broadening their cultural horizons through literature.

The Oregon Cultural Trust awards Cultural Development grants to recognize and support significant cultural projects that preserve and enhance Oregon’s diverse arts, history, heritage, preservation and humanities efforts.

In Oregon, 79% of students with disabilities do not meet the benchmark of third-grade reading proficiency that predicts high school graduation.

With the support of the Cultural Development grant, The Shadow Project will expand its Reading Mentors program in Portland and McMinnville. At 10 elementary schools, students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism and other disabilities will have unlimited access to a vast audiovisual library that allows them to see and hear words at the same time, making books come alive for the first time. Students also receive assistive reading technology and caring mentors who motivate them to set reading goals, celebrate their progress, and engage them about their favorite new books. 

The Oregon Cultural Trust funds 1400+ nonprofits in Oregon in the areas of arts, heritage, and humanities. With a donation to any (or several) of the 1400+ on the list, Oregonians qualify for a state tax credit.

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