General Criteria for Materials about Children/Young Adults with Differing Abilities

Literature and the Child (3rd ed.) Book Cover1. All children and young adults, whether labeled as having disabilities or not, may experience challenges related to cognition, perception, vision, hearing and/or tactile kinesthetic skills

2. Materials should meet the basic criteria for the high quality children’s literature

3. The developmental level of the child must be considered. Some children with disabilities will be behind their age-mates on certain skills. Other children with disabilities may be more advanced than their age-mates on some skills

4. Adaptations may be necessary in the format or in the presentation of the story or its illustrations to make the material accessible

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