David Koppenhaver is a Professor of Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in 1991 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). His research focuses on literacy in children with significant disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, complex communication needs, and multiple disabilities. In 1990 he co-founded the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at UNC and in 2002 was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Queensland in Australia. His current research projects include studies of reading abilities in children with Williams syndrome; shared storybook reading interventions with core vocabulary in children with multiple disabilities; and early communication and literacy in classrooms serving children with the most significant intellectual disabilities. His most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Karen Erickson, is Teaching Children with Significant Disabilities to Read and Write (Brookes Publishing, 2019).