Meville To Weville Don Johnston Package



MEville to WEville is a research-proven, multi-year curriculum that was recently updated to be age-appropriate for students with moderate to severe disabilities in grades 1-12. It was specifically developed for students with disabilities who have difficulties learning to read and write through traditional instructional methods. Designed to build a classroom community that promotes a sense of belonging, each unit offers students a new and different perspective on themselves, their families and their school.

The Don Johnston MEville to WEville package includes eight sets of Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters (24 accessible books), a Literacy Starters video-delivered training workshop by Dr. Karen Erickson, and accompanying comprehension and phonics lessons.

Product Overview

MEville to WEville facilitates literacy learning success by teaching within the context of familiar themes and building upon skills and concepts introduced in the previous unit. Lessons include step-by-step instructions for integrating reading, writing, augmentative communication, and listening skills into daily instructional activities that can be taught in one session or spread across several sessions.

MeVille to WeVille literacy curriculum books for special needs


Three Organizations Leading Change

MEville to WEville was designed as a joint venture between the Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies, and Don Johnston, with the Literacy Starter Program conceived by Dr Karen Erickson of Ablenet Inc. This Partnership brings together the power of Ablenet's scientifically-supported early literacy and communication curriculum with Meville to WEville lessons that leverage the strength of Don Johnson Inc.'s research-based Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters content.

MEville to WEville was designed a joint venture between the Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies, Don Johnston with the Literacy Starter Program conceived by Dr Karen Erickson of Ablenet Inc


In-Context Life Lessons

As students construct a classroom community, they gain a sense of belonging and new perspectives on themselves, their families, and their school. The curriculum supports the development of character education and fosters social skills, such as turn-taking, responsibility, and respect, as students understand having a valued role, acknowledging others, and expressing preferences.

Key Features

  • Writing and literacy development specifically for students with moderate-severe disabilities
  • Reproducibles and home letters/activities
  • Literacy lessons in: word ID, phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, and writing
  • Application of literacy skills throughout the day
  • Assistive technology integration
  • Data collection forms
  • Action Dictionary the premier guide to differentiated instruction in special education
  • Exclusive online membership with access to additional resources

Extending MEville to WEville Lessons

Extending MEville to WEville systematically integrates reading, writing, speaking, augmentative communicating and listening into lessons and activities designed to build a classroom community that promotes a sense of belonging.

Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters

The MEville to WEville with Literacy Starters Program includes three sets of books written specifically for the MEville to WEville curriculum. An additional five sets of Literacy Starters are included to give students opportunities to practice reading. Each switch-accessible book set includes three book types. Each type plays a unique and important role in literacy development.

  • Enrichment text develops language learning and concepts about print.
  • Transitional text develops print processing with reduced demands on language and word reading.
  • Conventional text develops decoding in connected text.



MeVille to WeVille Literacy Starters curriculum special needs
Literacy Starters Curriculum

Literacy Starters curriculum helps emergent readers in grades 4-12 build comprehension skills in the context of graphics-supported books. It helps teachers move their students into early conventional reading through explicit lessons.


Phonics Lessons

Dr. Karen Erickson re-worked Dr. Patricia Cunningham’s popular Making Words phonic lessons to be appropriate for students with complex instructional needs.



  • MEville to WEville Curriculum Teachers Guide with over 200 lessons
  • Extending MEville to WEville Curriculum
  • Pre-Printed Vocabulary Cards for MEville to WEville
  • Pre-Printed Vocabulary Cards for Extending MEville to WEville
  • Elementary Themed Books
  • Three Secondary Themed Books
  • Three sets of Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters with CDs
  • Five Additional Sets of Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters with CDs
  • 40+ Companion Comprehension Lessons tied to the five Literacy Starters sets
  • 30 Systematic Sequential Phonics Lessons to get students Making Words
  • Literacy Starters Workshop Professional Development DVD—Training by Dr. Karen Erickson
  • Online Members Only support website available 24/7 with access to educator resources

Each of the Literacy Starters sets include:

  • 3 Paperback Books
  • 3 Computer Books on a CD
  • 3 Vocabulary Cards
  • 1 Teacher Materials CD

Samples & Research 


MEville to WEville Sample Lesson

Assistive Technology Products for the MeVille to WeVille Program


Dr. Karen Erickson from The Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill evaluated MEville to WEville in special education classrooms and found:

  • Children initiated more communication and interaction during the program
  • Children developed stronger social relationships with their peers in special and general education
  • Children became more socially responsive
  • Teachers were able to spend more time addressing communication and literacy


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