Adult Literacy

adult-literacyNational Literacy Act of 1991, defines literacy as “an individual’s ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” Adults use many types of literacy tasks associated with work, home and community contexts. In today’s society both the volume and variety of written information is growing, making it difficult for an individual who cannot read. This is especially true when research indicates that 60% of adults in literacy programs have learning disabilities.

Disclosing Your Learning Disability

Download/Print Adults with Learning Disabilities – Disclosing Your Learning Disability Info Sheet What is disclosure? In a disability context, “disclosure” is the act of revealing personal information about a disability for the specific purpose of receiving accommodations in postsecondary school, job training, or the workplace. An accommodation is an adjustment to an environment which makes it possible for people with disabilities to participate equally. There is no standardized form or set of requirements regarding what people must share about their disabilities, and the choice to disclose is a personal decision that individuals with disabilities must make for themselves. They should decide to whom they choose to disclose and how much information to provide. When should you… Read More »

High School Equivalency Exams

What are high school equivalency exams? High school equivalency exams are tests available for people age 16 and older who did not finish high school. Many people who did not finish high school have the same knowledge and skills as those who did graduate. Others can enroll in an adult education program to gain the knowledge and skills they need to pass a high school equivalency exam. By taking and passing one of these exams, adults can demonstrate they have acquired the same level of knowledge as someone who has completed high school. The person then earns a certificate that… Read More »

Adult Literacy Reading Programs

A well-trained teacher or tutor in an adult literacy program should be trained in at least three methods, including the multisensory approach, which has proven to be effective for adult students with learning disabilities. A multisensory method uses a combination of visual, auditory and tactile-kinesthetic instruction to enhance memory and learning. Following is a list of multi sensory structured language programs.This list does not include every available adult literacy reading program; however, many of the programs listed are based on the “Orton Gillingham-Stillman Approach.” This approach is often described as the grandfather of many successful multisensory reading programs. Literacy Reading Programs… Read More »

Successful Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Research continues to confirm that we can teach students with learning disabilities to “learn how to learn.” We can put them into a position to compete and hold their own. Some intervention practices that produce large outcomes are: direct instruction; learning strategy instruction; and using a sequential, simultaneous structured multi-sensory approach. Teachers who apply those kinds of intervention: break learning into small steps; administer probes; supply regular, quality feedback; use diagrams, graphics and pictures to augment what they say in words; provide ample independent, well-designed intensive practice; model instructional practices that they want students to follow; provide prompts of strategies… Read More »

Tests of General Educational Development (GED® Tests)

What are the GED® Tests? The GED® Tests are five testing modules in the areas of writing, social studies, science, reading, and mathematics. Each test requires general knowledge and thinking skills. The GED® Tests allow students who have not graduated from high school to earn a GED® credential, which is typically accepted as equal to a high school diploma. Are GED® test accomomodations available for people who have learning disabilities? Yes! Accommodations are available for people who have: learning and other cognitive disabilities; intellectual disabilities; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); physical and chronic health disabilities; and/or psychological and psychiatric disorders.… Read More »