ERIC Number: ED337953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Literacy and Labels: A Look at Literacy Policy and People with a Mental Handicap.
G. Allan Roeher Inst., Toronto (Ontario).
This report documents a study examining levels of literacy among 2,948 Canadian adults with a mental handicap. Chapter 1 examines different approaches to defining literacy and considers the relevance of these approaches to adults with a mental handicap. Chapter 2 identifies issues that arise in measuring levels of literacy and provides estimates of literacy levels (66 percent of adults with a mental handicap have achieved less than a grade 9 level of education). Chapter 3 examines the scope of the problem of literacy. Chapter 4 looks at the relationship between literacy, learning, and mental handicap. Chapter 5 provides an overview of the framework for delivery of literacy education in Canada. Chapter 6 examines barriers to literacy education for adults with a mental handicap. Chapter 7 looks at proposals for literacy policy in Canada. The final chapter provides a summary of conclusions and makes recommendations for policy development (including literacy policy, policies for income support, and policies for vocational training) and the delivery of literacy education (including documentation of "best practices," materials development, outreach, and program evaluation). An appendix provides a contact list of provincial/territorial literacy organizations, of provincial/territorial Associations for Community Living, and of the National People First Project. (DB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Programs, Delivery Systems, Educational Attainment, Foreign Countries, Incidence, Literacy, Literacy Education, Mental Retardation, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Remedial Reading
G. Allan Roeher Institute, Kinsmen Bldg., York University, 4700 Keele St., Downsview, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3 ($16.00; also available in French).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: G. Allan Roeher Inst., Toronto (Ontario).