Reading is essential to functioning in society, especially in a school setting. However, it is one thing to be able to read the words on the page and another to make sense of those words. Reading comprehension is a skill that many children with a range of disabilities struggle with. Fortunately, there are many programs that are designed to teach kids with disabilities reading comprehension skills. Unfortunately there are no programs designed specifically for the population of kids with disabilities who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students with ASD have different learning needs than other students. For this reason, Michael Solis, the Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of California, Riverdale is designing the first reading comprehension program tailored specifically to the needs of students with ASD. The project is so essential to the lives of children with ASD that the U.S Department’s Institute of Educational Science is granting Solis with $1.5 million grant to fund his research. Read the full news report here.