ERIC Number: ED416305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Learning Disabilities and Its Impact on Poverty and Adult Literacy Programs.
Young, Glenn; Gerber, Paul J.; Reder, Stephen; Cooper, Richard
The four papers that make up this document report on poverty issues as they pertain to adults with learning disabilities. "Programmatic Response to Welfare Clients with Learning Disabilities" (Glenn Young) describes steps in the Learning Disabilities Initiative that works with federal agencies, states, local governments, and nonprofit organizations to develop pilot projects and promotional events. "Empirical Relationships among Poverty, Literacy, and Self-Reported Learning Disabilities" (Stephen Reder) reports these findings of indepth secondary analyses of National Adult Literacy Survey data: adults with learning disabilities are highly overrepresented among the undereducated, nonparticipants in the labor force, the unemployed and underemployed, and the poor. "Attention Problems and Literacy Skills" (Richard Cooper) suggests steps to ameliorate adults' difficulties in employment, social, and life skills resulting from learning and attention problems as children: fully enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act; establish interagency diagnostic centers; and develop a new model for literacy and adult education programs. "Implications for Literacy Programs Serving Learning Disabled/Low Income Populations" (Paul J. Gerber) proposes help for the learning disabled beyond their school-age years through treatment of learning disability as a medical condition and literacy centers that diagnose, evaluate, and set attainable goals for individuals with learning disabilities. (Individual papers contain references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Attention Deficit Disorders, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Federal Legislation, Illiteracy, Learning Disabilities, Literacy Education, Poverty, Underemployment, Unemployment, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
Thirty-three selected papers from this conference are available on the "Literacy Online" Web site: http://www.literacyonline.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Conference on Literacy (Philadelphia, PA, March 1996). For other papers from this conference, see CE 075 168, 173, 180, 183, 187, 191 and CS 012 996, CS 013000, 002.