ERIC Number: ED414434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Adults with Learning Disabilities. ERIC Digest No. 189.
Thanks to increased advocacy and research, several major federal laws, and heightened awareness of the changing demands of the workplace, more attention is being focused on adults with learning disabilities (LD). There is still no consensus on definitions of LD. Estimates of the incidence of LD range from 5% to 20% of the population. Adults with LD may face challenges in several areas of life, including education, employment, daily routines, and social interactions. Adults with LD need a range of skills and abilities to manage their disabilities in education, training, and employment. Factors influencing their successful adjustment include the following: educational experiences, personal/background characteristics, and reframing--reinterpreting the situation in a positive way. Appropriate assessment is the starting point for all other strategies and techniques. Once a learning disability has been identified, three categories of assistance are psychosocial, technological, and educational. In the psychosocial area, strengthening self-esteem through awareness, assessment, accommodation, and advocacy is paramount. Although schools and workplaces offer some accommodations to help with academic and vocational adjustment, less attention is paid to social and emotional functioning. Assistive technology (technology enabling adults with LD to compensate for specific defects) has great potential. As for educational strategies, adult educators should foster an inclusive learning environment that includes sensitivity, attitudes, awareness, and accommodations. (Contains 13 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.