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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

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Friday, December 15 • 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Don't Stop Learning! Literacy Programs for Adults with Complex Support Needs LIMITED

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This exploratory qualitative study examined opportunities for literacy instruction for adults with significant disabilities through interviews with 11 professionals providing formal literacy instruction in a variety of formats and programs. We examined the way in which programs were designed for these adult learners, how adults accessed these programs, how the people providing instruction conceptualized or defined literacy for this group, and how their definitions were reflected in the literacy instructional opportunities they provided. This year's conference theme, "Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion," highlights the importance of every individual having the same opportunities for continued growth and life satisfaction. This includes participating in lifelong learning opportunities. Continuing ones education as an adult is a highly valued option that many adults in the US pursue so it is important that adults with significant disabilities have these opportunities as well. We know that adult basic literacy programs rarely include adults with significant disabilities and little is known about such adult education opportunities, outside of postsecondary programs. This study provides information that will help the field begin to understand what options are available for one type of adult education - literacy instruction - and how these are accessed.


Susan Copeland

Professor, University of New Mexico

Friday December 15, 2017 1:10pm - 2:00pm EST
L505 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303