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Press Release for Friday, May 3, 2013

iRead Graphic Novels Summer Camp Benefits Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102




iRead Graphic Novels Summer Camp Benefits Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

          The University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) is hosting a one-of-a-kind iRead Graphic Novels summer camp for students in third through eighth grade who are deaf or hard of hearing from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, in Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Building 57, Room 1100A. The camp is free due to a generous grant provided by the COEHS Dean’s Education Advisory Council.

            Most students who are deaf and hard of hearing struggle to surpass a third- to fourth-grade reading level, and research shows that the vast majority of students experience literacy loss during the summer; for students with exceptionalities, these losses are even more significant.

            iRead Graphic Novels is a summer camp designed to bring literature to life and motivate students who are deaf and struggling readers. The camp will also strengthen the teaching skills of pre-service teachers enrolled at UNF in either childhood/literacy or deaf education.

            Campers will be provided an introduction and hands-on experience with reading graphic novels and will be offered a step-by-step process that focuses on how students can use modern technology, like an iPad or tablet, to find, download and read early reader graphic novels. Participants will also be engaged in activities that extend, motivate and develop reading skills learned through the use of graphic novels.

            To register for the iRead Graphic Novels summer camp visit . For more information, Dr. Caroline Guardino, UNF assistant professor in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education, at (904) 482-3666 or at .

            UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.