Event: Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session I, Understanding Learning Disabilities: Awareness for Adult Educators (Self-directed Online)

Event Details

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020 -- Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: 12:00:00 AM -- 11:59:00 PM
Trainer/Facilitator: This is a self-directed course and does not have a facilitator.
Contact Information: Please contact calprohelp@air.org or call 916-286-8803 for more information.

Registration: The course is free of charge to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIOA, Title II: AEFLA) funded programs.

Moodle Learning Management System (Online)

• Identify a working definition of learning disabilities;
• Recognize common characteristics of adults with LD and their effect on learning;
• Distinguish between screening and diagnostic testing and the uses of each;
• Identify the importance of self-determination, self-advocacy, and disclosure to successful learners and workers;
• Recognize the rights and responsibilities of learners with LD as well as of literacy providers;
• Begin the process of identifying and bringing about necessary changes to make programs more responsive to adults with LD.

This is the first of two online courses from the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) on designing literacy programs to be responsive to the needs of adults with learning disabilities. This first session is an awareness session that will help adult educators understand what learning disabilities are and recognize the characteristics and consequences of those disabilities in the learning environment, whether classroom-based, tutor-led, or technology-based distance learning.

This CALPRO online course provides an overview of the assessment process (diagnostic testing versus screening) and outlines the legal rights and responsibilities of the learner and the literacy program. Participants explore the related issues of self-determination, self-advocacy, and disclosure of the learning disability and the importance of these issues to the full and independent functioning of adults with learning disabilities. Finally, participants are introduced to a model for systemic change that can bring about lasting innovation and, ultimately, enhanced service delivery among programs that serve adults with learning disabilities.

The second CALPRO course in this series addresses instructional strategies appropriate for teaching adults with learning disabilities. Completion of Session 1 is a pre-requisite for Session 2.

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