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Disabilities and the Adult Learner

6 weeks | 24 hours

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.

Each week's lesson addresses a topic in adult education pertaining to learning disabilities. Course activities include readings, assignments, and discussions. The lessons are sequential.

Lessons and resources included in the course:
  • Introduction to Adults and Learning Disabilities
  • Introduction to Assistive Technology and Strategies
  • Etiquette and Classroom Management
  • Self-Disclosure, Disability Services, and Screening Tools
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Legal Responsivities

Course Expectations:
Taking an online course requires a time commitment, internet access, and weekly participation. Please refer to the course syllabus before signing up for an online course. The syllabus covers the course schedule, outline, and requirements. In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must submit all assignments on time. Learners that do not post for more than one week at any time during the course or who fall more than one week behind in their assignments, may be removed from the course and will be placed on “waiting list only” status for future online courses.

Preview the course syllabus.

This course is available to out-of-state participants for a fee of $125. To begin the registration process for out-of-state participants, please send an email to

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