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About AVKO

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.  Visit The History of AVKO for more information.

Mission Statement

The AVKO Educational Research Foundation founded in 1974 has as its mission the following:

  1. To determine what makes the learning of reading and spelling so difficult for some and so easy for others.
  2. To determine what it is about our language that good readers learn without being taught that poor readers don't.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To widely disseminate its discoveries of techniques and materials that enable dyslexics to learn to read and to spell.

Board of Trustees of the AVKO Educational Research Foundation

  • Don McCabe, Research Director, Birch Run, Michigan.  Read Don's Biography.
  • Devorah Wolf, President, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Robert J. McCabe, Vice-President, Hernando, Florida
  • Brian McCabe, Secretary, Birch Run, Michigan
  • Elmer Whaley, Treasurer, Birch Run, Michigan
  • Amy Messer, Public Relations and Director of Adult Literacy programs, Teacher in the Swartz Creek School System.
  • Eldo Bergman, M.D., Membership Chairperson, Director of The Texas Reading Institute in Houston Texas
  • Ann L. McCabe, Office Committee Chairperson, Birch Run, Michigan
  • Deeann Johnson, Web Design Committee Chairperson, Thomasville, Georgia

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 of AVKO Educational Research Foundation.  Read his short biography, or better yet, his 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 dyslexics.  This book is free with membership in the AVKO Foundation.

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

AVKO charges small fees for its materials.  For more information on what the proceeds are used for, please see the proceeds information page.

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