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Adult Learners’ Awareness and Attitudes towards Disabilities

Posted on 08/06/2015

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The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act seeks to improve adult learners' academic skills, regardless of disability or primary language background.

From August 10-13, 2015, join guest panelist and Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS External link opens in new window or tab) community member, Dr. Margaret Patterson of Research Allies for Lifelong Learning External link opens in new window or tab, in a Q&A discussion on adult learners' awareness and attitudes towards disabilities. Our conversation will explore the topics of disability-related attitudes and awareness in adult education settings. Below is a day-by-day outline of topics to be addressed.

Day 1 – An exploration of disabilities awareness and how adult learners access disabilities-related information;

Day 2 – A deep dive into participant awareness of their adult learners' knowledge of accommodations, and if it differs if the adults are English language learners;

Day 3 – An exchange of ideas from the 2012 National Alliance on Mental Illness survey: College Students Speak: A Survey Report on Mental Health External link opens in new window or tab; and

Day 4 – An introduction to the 2014 PIAAC study: Adult Transitions to Learning External link opens in new window or tab.

Thoughts and experiences can be shared in the Disabilities in Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab group in the LINCS Community.