ERIC Number: ED411660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Research Report on the Nature, Extent, and Outcomes of Accommodations in Adult Education Programs.
Mellard, Daryl; Hall, Jean; Leibowitz, Ruth
This report discusses the current nature, extent, and outcomes of accommodations for adults with disabilities in adult education programs. Information was gathered through a national survey of adult education programs, statewide interviews of adult education instructors, statewide interviews of adult learners with disabilities, literature reviews, panel meetings with adult education learners and adult educators, and meetings with experts in adult education, occupational therapy, disability rights, and other related fields. The report includes information on: (1) the rationale for accommodations; (2) the definition of accommodations; (3) entitlement to accommodations; (4) the nature of accommodations (includes a taxonomy of accommodations); (5) application of accommodations (discusses program accessibility/facility accommodations, auxiliary aids and services/communication accommodations, and modifications to policies, practices, and procedures); and (6) the outcomes of accommodations. Research results find that the majority of adult educators expressed a willingness to provide accommodations to adult learners with disabilities. Findings also indicated that many programs are already providing accommodations such as extra time, large print, and more structured assignments. However, respondents also cited a lack of resources, including informational resources on accommodations and legal issues, and time limits of staff, as barriers to providing effective accommodations to their students. (Contains 43 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Access to Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Adult Education, Classroom Environment, Definitions, Disabilities, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Inclusive Schools, Interviews, Laws, Legal Responsibility, National Surveys, Structural Elements (Construction), Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence.; Kansas State Univ., Manhattan.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)