ERIC Number: ED447732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Disabilities and Spanish-Speaking Adult Populations: The Beginning of a Process. Report on the State Directors of Adult Education Conference (San Antonio, Texas, April 10-11, 2000).
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
This report is designed for use by policymakers and practitioners involved in issues of adult education, welfare reform, and employment training programs. The driving concerns of this report are issues associated with Spanish-speaking adults who are at risk for having learning disabilities. The focus on adults is critical, because such issues as diagnostic requirements and services available are very different for adults with disabilities than for children with disabilities. The ultimate goal of this project is to provide a means to enable persons with disabilities to successfully achieve self-sufficiency through education and work. To develop the needed tools for this effort, a 6-phase project was designed, and this report focuses on the first two phases: reaching a consensus among experts on diagnostic processes for Spanish-speaking adults to determine the presence of learning disabilities (LD); and determining from the existing screen instruments in Spanish which ones should be field-tested to for validity for predicting LD in Spanish-speaking adults. Several specific tests and types of tests are discussed at length. The report is divided into seven sections providing acknowledgements, an executive summary, an introduction, a conference overview, the notes of concern of some participants, findings on the diagnostic process, and screening tool recommendations for field tests. Seven appendices provide details on learning disability definitions, current diagnostic procedures, GED testing requirements, lists of conference participants and project staff. 52 references. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (KFT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Developmental Disabilities, Diagnostic Tests, Disability Identification, Dyslexia, English (Second Language), Learning Disabilities, Limited English Speaking, Neurological Impairments, Screening Tests, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking
Glenn Young, Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Adult Education and Literacy, U.S. Department of Education. Tel: 202-205-3372; Fax: 202-358-2123; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/publicat.html.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale; Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery; Woodcock Munoz Language Survey