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Submitted By: Debbie Glass, Gateway Adult Education Network (Merced Region)

Understanding Adult Student Disabilities and Accommodations

  • Type of Practice: Professional Development
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Adults with Disabilities, CTE Student, English Language Learners, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Citizenship Students, Vocational Certificate Students, State &/or Industry Certification Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Gateway Adult Education Network: Chowchilla Union High School District, Delhi Unified School District, Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified School District, Gustine Unified School District, Hilmar Union High School District, LeGrand Union High School District, Los Banos Unified High School District, Mariposa County Unified School District, Merced Community College District, Merced Union High School District/Merced Adult School

The Challenge

Many adult students in K-12 Adult Education settings or non-credit classes at community colleges may have unidentified learning challenges. They have never been assessed or had special services, yet they seem to have learning differences.

The Solution

The Gateway Adult Education Network in the Merced Region will provide training to educators from member districts and partner organizations that focuses on common learning disabilities, autism, mental health conditions and physical challenges that may face our students. We will partner with local universities, county departments and school districts to provide presentations about the 4 most common types of challenge we encounter. Each speaker will present about their topic, and the coordinator of the Disabled Students Programs and Services Office of the community college will wrap up by presenting Universal Instruction Design.


This training will take place in October, 2015.

The Data

Attendance counts for the training will be measured, and exit tickets with Universal Instruction Design plans for each participant will be the outcome. Hopefully, the training will result in classroom teaching strategies that allow access for all students. End of course evaluations may include references to the accommodation strategies used in each class or program.

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