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Amanda Fenlon is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the State University of New York at Oswego, N.Y. She can be reached at Amanda.fenlon@oswego.edu Lauren Fox is a Graduate of the MSED Childhood Special Education program at the State University of New York at Oswego, N.Y. She can be reached at lfox1@oswego.edu As students with disabilities transition to middle school, there are increased expectations for writing, especially with the adoption of the Common Core Curriculum Standards. Students with significant disabilities require more time and specialized instruction than typical peers to develop and master …

With the advent of Common Core Curriculum Standards, (2013) , come increased expectations for both narrative and informational writing for intermediate level students. For students with disabilities to meet this challenge, teachers need to carefully teach, or in the case of intermediate level students, reteach the writing process and thoughtfully select and utilize effective assistive technology tools that allow students to meet common core standards in writing. In this case study, a 4th grader with learning disabilities in reading and written expression dramatically increased the amount and quality of his writing and expressed pride in his written accomplishments for a …