ERIC Number: ED382867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Accessibility of Literacy Upgrading in the Community for Adults with Disabilities. A Study of the Needs Which Surround Literacy Upgrading for Adults with Disabilities and the Extent to Which These Needs Are Being Addressed by the Programs Responsible for the Delivery of Adult Basic Literacy Tutoring in the Community.
Freedman, Jeffrey D.
A study was conducted to identify the literacy needs of adults with disabilities and to examine the extent to which these needs are being met by community-based adult basic literacy programs in the metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada area. Data for the study were gathered through questionnaires used to interview 15 potential adult learners with disabilities and 15 community-based literacy programs in the Toronto area and through interviews with a number of government officials responsible for literacy services for persons with disabilities and through a review of documentation. Issues identified include the following: architectural accessibility, communication-assisting devices, attendant care, outreach needs, and the myths attributed to the population of people with disabilities. One major concern is the failure to provide the population with disabilities with information about accessible literacy programs. The study concluded that greater outreach efforts to persons with disabilities need to be made by literacy programs, but recognized that limited funding often makes such efforts difficult. (Contains the survey questionnaire and 11 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Skills Development, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Centre for Independent Living, Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers: Ontario (Toronto)