KU Center for Research on Learning

KU Center for Research on Learning



DAS Projects


Accommodating Adults with Disabilities in Adult Education Programs


Developed by: The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning
Division of Adult Studies
1122 West Campus Dr., JR Pearson Hall, Rm. 517
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: (785) 864-7085

Funded by a grant from: The U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

Adult education program staff confront significant challenges of diverse learner needs, very limited resources, and fragmented support as they respond to their mission “of improving educational opportunities for adults who lack the level of literacy skills needed to be effective citizens and productive employees.” This challenge is significantly increased for the estimated 30% of adult education participants with disabilities (USDE Office of Vocational and Adult Education, 1995). For many of these individuals with disabilities, adult education requires substantial modification of the typical approaches to assessment, instruction, and enrollees’ responses. These modifications are required to accommodate the learner’s unique needs.

The purpose of this three year research and demonstration project was to provide adult educators and adults with disabilities with validated accommodations useful in instruction and assessment. These accommodations, along with information about their legal rights and responsibilities, helped the individuals meet their educational needs and successfully function in employment and community settings.

The research activities included a careful description of then-current practices attempting to address the needs of adults with disabilities through accommodations. This description was obtained through (1) a national survey of adult education programs ,(2) a state survey of enrollees with disabilities in adult education and their instructors ,and (3) a case study of one local program in an urban center with high unemployment and multicultural diversity. These studies helped to identify the relationships of accommodations to participant achievements and outcomes.

The field test was conducted at ten sites in eight states and focused particularly on the adequacy of the materials for culturally diverse populations educated in a variety of settings. Thirty-two adult educators in the field test completed monthly logs of product use and lengthy final evaluations. Information from the logs and evaluations was used to revise the materials and increase their usefulness and effectiveness. More information and description of field test procedures is available in our “Project Final Report.”

The culmination of the project was the development of the “Accommodating Adults with Disabilities in Adult Education Programs” manual. The manual itself was 262 pages contained in a three ring binder including: Overview, Implementation Guide, AE Handbook, Learner Handbook, Procedural Guide, TARGET Strategy, Compendium, and duplication masters. Other related research reports and support products were also developed as part of this project.

Tri-folds for use in adult education centers are available in English and other languages upon request or in PDF format by clicking here. For more information or to obtain a copy of “Accommodating Adults with Disabilities in Adult Education Programs,” please write to the address above or email pixie@ku.edu.

Projects Details


AE Accommodations Notebook
Click on the links below to download PDF files of each section of the AE Accommodations Notebook. If you have difficulties downloading any section, need a text version or have questions regarding this publication, please contact Noelle Kurth by email at pixie@ku.edu or by phone at (785) 864-7085.

1. TITLE PAGE, TABLE OF CONTENTS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
2. OVERVIEW
3. IMPLEMENTATION
4. ADULT EDUCATOR HANDBOOK
5. ADULT LEARNER HANDBOOK
6. PROCEDURAL GUIDE
7. TARGET STRATEGY
8. COMPENDIUM
9. INDEX
ACOMMODATIONS NOTEBOOK MASTERS


Tri-fold Brochure
The tri-fold brochure is an introductory handout that can be used during program orientation or enrollment activities. It is written at a sixth grade reading level and is available in various languages (see below) and alternate formats (please contact us at pixie@ku.edu for more information).

Trifold Brochures Available for Download:
English
Spanish
Russian
Hmong
Somali
Vietnamese