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ERIC Number: ED444299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Program Design for a Community-Based Literacy Program for Adults with Mental Retardation.
Reale, Robin
This brief paper describes a literacy program for adults with mental retardation in the Boston metropolitan region developed when more than 300 individuals formally requested literacy services. Several cognitive and literacy assessments were reviewed and implemented. No one assessment was found to be sufficient to assess ranges from pre-literacy to high school. The Brigance and Diagnostic Assessment of Reading (DAR) were found to be the most helpful in determining literacy level, learning style, and type of instruction. The most successful instructional approach included a combination of phonics and whole language. The single most significant variable in reading success was learning across settings more than once a week. Learners who received literacy help at home or at work in addition to classroom group instruction showed the most improvement in word meaning. Program participants gained from .5 to 2.5 grade levels in one year of instruction. It was concluded that adults with mental retardation have the greatest reading success when they follow the same steps in reading development as adults in community-based adult education programs. (Contains 20 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)