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iRead Graphic Novels Summer 2014

iREAD Graphic Novels is a summer camp designed to bring literature to life and motivate students who are deaf and struggling readers. This camp will also strengthen the teaching skills of pre-service teachers enrolled in Deaf Education.

Camp registration and fees are waived this year due to a generous donation from the Deerwood Rotary Club and select members of the COEHS Dean’s Education Advisory Council. 


 This summer, iRead Graphic Novels is open to all K-12 students who are deaf or hard of hearing. 


Date: August 11th-August 15th, 2014

Time: 8:30am-4:30 pm

Place: College of Education and Human Services, Building 57. See Campus Map.


Listen to Dr. Guardino to learn more

Camp iREAD Will: 

  1. Provide your child with an introduction and hands-on experience of reading graphic novels 
  2. Guide your child on how-to follow a step-by-step process that focuses on how use modern technology (i.e., an iPad or tablet) to find, download, and read early reader graphic novels (both during and after the camp)
  3. Engage your child in activities that extend, motivate, develop reading skills learned through the use of graphic novels 


The iREAD Graphic Novels summer camp will impact UNF pre-service teachers, students who are D/HH, as well as their families, and potentially the surrounding community. Research has shown that graphic novels have a significant impact on the motivation and learning of students who are D/HH struggling readers. Students who are D/HH will benefit from iREAD camp by having the opportunity to extensively interact with graphic novels both in hard copy and electronic  format (stored on iPads). Camp participants will create their own graphic novels using applications on iPads. Most importantly, the camp participants will engage in activities that promote and develop reading and writing skills while using graphic novels.  


Families will be invited to attend a  presentation on the last day of camp. Parents will benefit from having their students attend iREAD camp because they will realize alternative genres of literature that are of high interest and motivational to their child(ren). On the greatest scale, iREAD camp has the potential to impact the surrounding community. Any time students who are D/HH improve their reading skills, their opportunities to succeed academically and socially increase.


Apply Now

Please use the links to the right to register your child(ren), apply as a camp counselor or camp volunteer. Complete the forms and mail, e-mail or fax to:


Dr. Caroline Guardino

University of North Florida

Department of Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education

1 UNF Drive 57/3520

Jacksonville, FL 32224 



(904) 620-3895



 For Friday, August 15 enforcement will be suspended in Lot 3 from 2:30pm – 5pm. (5pm is when enforcement ends for the day for Fridays) If parents park during these times, they will not need to purchase a permit. 



Contact Us

Caroline Guardino, Ph.D.
Camp Director

Associate Professor

Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education

(904) 482-3666


Becca Diley, M.Ed.

Assistant Camp Director

(904) 699-0348