ERIC Number: ED418531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Research Report on the Use and Effectiveness of Accommodations for Adults with Disabilities in Adult Education Centers.
White, Warren J.
This research report presents the findings of a survey of adult education centers that was designed to determine the types of accommodations used for adult learners with disabilities and to measure the effectiveness of the accommodations. The report describes a framework for designing strategies to support a learner's performance. In the Ecology of Human Performance (EHP) model, the four accommodation strategy categories used were: (1) establish/restore strategies that address learners' abilities; (2) modify/adapt strategies that address features of the context and the task so they support the person's performance; (3) alter strategies, which address the possible need to find an optimal context for the learner; and (4) prevention strategies, which address the ability to anticipate a problem in the future. Results of the survey indicate that the accommodations used most often tended to be ones that did not require any type of special equipment. Other accommodations tended to be ones that appeared to be the simplest to deliver, most involving modification of the learning task, as opposed to modifying the learning environment. Appendices include tables listing the accommodations used by the adult learning centers; the frequency that each accommodation was used; the satisfaction with the effectiveness of the accommodation; and an accommodations review list. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Coll. of Education.