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

If you are interested in taking any of these trainings please contact your Regional Program Manager or Regional Adult Education Specialist.


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Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities
This workshop will focus on how adult literacy programs work with adults with diagnosed learning disabilities and undiagnosed learning difficulties. Topics will vary upon location and program needs but may cover: legal issues, characteristics of learning disabilities/difficulties, accommodations/adaptations, strategies and methods, and screening and diagnosis. Participants will be requested to complete a pre-training reading and activity to provide them with needed background knowledge. The session will build on this knowledge and will allow participants an opportunity to design a lesson using learned strategies. Audience: All adult education practitioners, customizable to need. 3-6 hours

Disabilities and the Adult Learner
This 6-week course will help you discover the keys to strengthening your work with adults who have disabilities. Through multimedia presentations, interactive project assignments, and discussions with your peers and an experienced facilitator, you will:

  • learn how to plan and adapt appropriate instruction for adults with both learning and other physical disabilities,
  • identify and begin to collaborate with local organizations and state agencies that offer supportive services and resources for adults with disabilities,
  • learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and legal responsibilities and services.

Online facilitated course. 24 hours

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The VALRC, located at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU School of Education), is funded primarily through the VA Department of Education.