February 20, 2009

Reading Horizons Celebrates 25 Years of Helping People Learn to Read

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The year 2009 represents the 25th year of business for Reading Horizons, a leader in low-level literacy instruction for students of all ages.

Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons has spent the past 25 years developing and perfecting computer software based on the effective Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself (DIP) method, first published in 1976. The staff at Reading Horizons originally produced only an elementary version of the software but soon became very aware of the need for a sequential, basic reading program for secondary and adult students. They applied for and were awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the federal Department of Education to develop the Discover Intensive Phonics software for non-reading adults. The result was Reading Horizons.

Reading Horizons is a proven provider of targeted solutions for students who have been unable to learn to read through traditional approaches and are, thus, left behind. HEC's programs have been used in all types of educational settings, including elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, adult-education centers, outreach programs, workplace literacy programs, and in hundreds of correctional facilities teaching inmates how to read. In fact, their flagship product, Reading Horizons, is used statewide in corrections in many states, including California, Delaware, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The Discover Intensive Phonics and Reading Horizons computer software programs, along with their corresponding direct-instruction materials, have taught hundreds of thousands of children, youth, and adults to read. In literacy programs nationwide, even non-readers have advanced several grade levels of reading ability while using this interactive, multi-sensory software that deals exclusively with basic reading and word attack skills.

Reading Horizons is proud to have had the opportunity to affect so many lives and looks forward to another 25 years - and more - of dedicated service to the educational community.

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