Helping Students with Moderate and Severe Intelletual Disability Access Grade-Level Text by Melissa Hudson, Diane Browder and Shawnee Wakeman Teaching Exceptional Children, Vol 45. No. 3. There are several strategies which can be used for students with moderate or severe intellectual abilities who are nonreaders. The first one is the use of interactive read-alouds where students can listen to the real text. Some adaptions could include summarizing novels, pairing key words with pictures and adding a repeated story line that empasizes the main idea. Texts can be shortened or text can be augmented with pictures and repetitions. The text can also be rewritten as a summary. When doing this, add vocabulary with definitions and explanations. Use predictable structure and use various ways for students to show their comprehension. These can be objects, pictures or limited responses.