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"The thing about living with any disability is that you adapt; you do what works for you." ― Stella Young

Welcome to the Learning Disabilities page at the Resource Center! We hope that you find this page to be a wealth of information on learning disabilities and, specifically, how learning disabilities affect our adult literacy learners. It is estimated that anywhere from 50-80% of learners in adult literacy programs cope with learning disabilities, so chances are that you will have or have already had a student who is learning disabled.

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Understood
Understood is a new, free online resource (in English and Spanish) that is aimed at providing families with the practical tools and advice for their child's academic, social, and emotional journey. Although this website is targeted towards children, much of the content can apply to adults.

Universal Design in Education: Principles and Applications
The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace

Job Accommodation Network (JAN):
JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. They provide free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Promising Practices In Achieving Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188
This Section 188 Disability Reference Guide provides updated information and technical assistance that can help American Job Centers and their partners in the workforce development system meet the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements for individuals with disabilities in Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This Reference Guide includes examples of promising practices that can help promote equal access for individuals with disabilities to the American Job Center (One Stop) system.

PANDA-Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists
This site provides ABE programs with disability support, knowledge, and resources to increase academic opportunities for students.
Note: Several of the resources are Minnesota specific.

The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners
Each playlist is a carefully selected set of links to resources such as toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on a specific topic related to improving service to individuals with disabilities. The resources are intended for use by workforce development professionals, employers, rehabilitation services providers, adult educators, and other practitioners.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
NLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

Accommodating Math Students with Learning Disabilities
In this article, we will look at some common profiles of learners with learning disabilities and strategies you can use in your math class to meet their specific learning needs.

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