Wilson Reading System Brochure

The Wilson Reading System has been adapted into braille and large print for struggling readers.

The Wilson Reading System (WRS) has been adapted by Mary McCarthy, Justine Carlone Rines, and Roz Rowley from Perkins School for the Blind for students who are blind or visually impaired, and is on sale through APH (American Printing House for the Blind). First published in 1988, the WRS is a structured reading program based on Orton-Gillingham philosophy and principles, using phonemic awareness and a multi-sensory approach where each lesson builds upon previous knowledge.

This brochure provides an overview of the system and includes the following sections:
  • Section I: Introduction

    • A. Overview of the Wilson Reading System®
    • B. History of Perkins Project and Experience
    • C. Wilson Language Training®
  • Section II: How to Incorporate Braille Contractions

    • A. How Information is Presented in Braille
    • B. When and Where to Teach Contractions
  • Section III: Adaptations

    • A. Utilizing Braille Dots to Represent Color-Coding of Sound Cards
    • B. Utilizing Student Notebooks
  • Section IV: Expansion of the Program for Early Braille Learners 

    • A. Utilizing Objects to Represent Keywords
    • B. Multiple-Choice Comprehension Worksheets
    • C. Supplemental Braille Skill Worksheets
    • D. Wilson Reading System® Student Workbooks
  • Section V: Miscellaneous Tips and Information

    • A. Organizing Materials and Work Spaces
    • B. Timing/Scheduling Issues
    • C. Collaborating with Other Professionals
The Wilson Reading Program is available in large print and braille through American Printing House for the Blind.