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About AVKO
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AVKO is a non-profit, 501(C)3 membership organization that focuses on the development and production of materials and especially techniques to teach reading and spelling, handwriting (manuscript and cursive), and keyboarding.  AVKO is dedicated to the teaching everyone how to read and spell, regardless of their mild to moderate learning disabilities, dyslexia, poverty, or opportunity.  Visit The History of AVKO for more information.

To Teach a Dyslexic Video Clips

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Mission Statement

The AVKO Educational Research Foundation, founded in 1974, has as its mission the following, and is pursued by AVKO's research endeavors:

  • To determine what makes the learning of reading and spelling so difficult for some and so easy for others.
  • To determine what it is about our language that good readers learn without being taught that poor readers don't.
  • To determine whether or not that which poor readers don't learn is ever systematically taught and if it isn't, if it can be.
  • To devise techniques and materials to enable teachers (or parents) to systematically teach poor readers and/or poor spellers that which schools presently are not teaching.
  • To widely disseminate its discoveries of techniques and materials that enable dyslexics to learn to read and to spell.

Services Offered by the AVKO Educational Research Foundation

Every AVKO member is eligible for membership on the board. Those interested in helping run the AVKO Foundation are asked to contact Don McCabe

Don McCabe is the Research Director Emeritus of the AVKO Educational Research Foundation.  Read Don McCabe's short biography, or read Don McCabe's autobiography, To Teach a Dyslexic, in which he describes what it was in his life that enabled him, a dyslexic, to not only learn to read but to learn how to teach other dyslexicsTo Teach a Dyslexic is free with membership with the AVKO Foundation.

AVKO offers free daily tutoring, training of tutors and teachers, free tutor training for parents, and workshops that can be customized to your particular needs.

AVKO offers many free educational resources and low-cost materials.  For more information on what the proceeds are used for, please see the proceeds information page.

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Board of Trustees of the AVKO Educational Research Foundation

  • Don McCabe, President, Research Director Emeritus, Birch Run, Michigan.  Read Don McCabe's Biography.
  • Linda Heck, Vice-President, Clio, Michigan.
  • Michael Lane, Treasurer, Clio, Michigan.
  • Julie Guyette, West Melbourne, Florida
  • Amy Messer, Flint, Michigan
  • Sarah Stoddard, Westland, Michigan
  • Lori Pruett, Landrum, South Carolina
  • Michael Riggs, Montrose, Michigan

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