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Gordon State College Assistant Professor Speaks at University of Georgia

"Axes of Access: Dis/Ability and Literacy Research."

By: Brittany A. Tennant, Communications Specialist

Dedicated scholar and Gordon State College Assistant Professor Dr. Katie Wester-Neal spoke at a round-table seminar at University of Georgia's "Axes of Access: Dis/Ability and Literacy Research."katie wester-neal

Wester-Neal spoke alongside two other professors and two graduate students at UGA. The audience included professors and graduate students. Wester-Neal presented her research,  "Language, Literacy, and MECP2 Duplication Syndrome: Reframing and Reconsidering Learning." Wester-Neal explored research on learning and literacy socialization in children with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome.

According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, "MECP2 Duplication Syndrome is a condition that occurs almost exclusively in males and is characterized by moderate to severe intellectual disability. Most people with this condition also have weak muscle tone in infancy, feeding difficulties, poor or absent speech, or muscle stiffness." Wester-Neal says, "The literature is currently sparse, but the group is planning to collaborate on new research to open up greater possibilities for framing learning for children with rare diseases, such as MECP2 Duplication Syndrome and Rett Syndrome."

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