Learning Disabilities – Professional development

Basic skills for adults with learning difficulties or disabilities: a resource pack to support staff development.
NIACE. Nottingham: DfES, 2003.
» This resource gives tutors and practitioners resources to help in teaching adults with learning disabilities. Sections are presented for: learners with mental health difficulties, learners who are blind or partially sighted, learners with learning difficulties, dyslexic learners, learners who are deaf or hard of hearing, and learners with physical disabilities.

Center for Alternative Learning. (Website)
Havertown, PA: Center for Alternative Learning, 1999-.
Available at http://www.learningdifferences.com/
» This site has language and math materials for students who learn differently. The focus is on learning strategies, not diagnosis.

A conceptual framework to guide professional development: toward a “whole life” perspective on learning disabilities in adult literacy settings.
Suzanne Smythe & Dawn Courage. Vancouver, BC: RiPAL BC.
Also available online at http://www.nald.ca/library/research/ripal/toward/toward.pdf
» This review presents a selection of recent research on learning disabilities in adult literacy settings and considers the implications of this research for supporting professional development. It includes a conceptual framework based on research.

Journal keeping: how to use reflective writing for learning, teaching, professional insight, and positive change.
Dannielle D. Stevens & Joanne E. Cooper. Sterling, Va.: Stylus Pub., 2009.
» Insights and advice on using journals for professional and personal development, and as a teaching tool.

Learning disabilities training: a new approach.
Judith Anne Fowler. London, ON: Literacy Link South Central, 2003.
Also available online at http://www.nald.ca/library/research/ldtrain/cover.htm
» This manual contains five modules on learning disabilities, with each module incorporating a case study that helps link theory to practice. The modules provide information on the nature of learning disabilities, screening and assessment processes, developing training plans and effective instructional
approaches, and selecting accommodations.

Learning disabilities training: phase II : screening tools, strategies, and employment.
Judith Anne Fowler & Jennifer Hunt. London, ON: Literacy Link South Central, 2004.
Also available online at http://www.nald.ca/library/research/ldtrain/tools/cover.htm
» This second phase of training is more detailed with more screening tools, and has a greater emphasis on supporting learners entering employment.

Toward a “whole life” approach: a guide to learning disabilities resources for adult literacy educators.
Norah Randall & Suzanne Smythe. Vancouver, BC: RiPAL BC, 2007.
Also available online at http://www.nald.ca/library/research/ripal/toward/toward.pdf
» This listing, compiled for adult literacy educators, contains many of the resources on this list, organized into 6 major categories.

Understanding learning disabilities and strategies for tutors of adult learners: tutor training module.

Mary Packham. 100 Mile House, BC: Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy, 2011.
» This resource contains an outline and slide presentation for a 2 hour workshop that introduces participants to learning disabilities in adults. Includes information on types of learning disabilities, impact of learning disabilities, strategies for working with the learning disabled, assessing learning
disabilities, ADHD, FASD, trauma, and resources. This module was developed as a professional development tool for volunteer adult literacy tutors.

What’s learning like for ME? a community approach to learning disabilities on Haida Gwaii. (CD)
Researched and written by Beng Favreau. Queen Charlotte, Bc: Literacy Haida Gwaii, 2011.
» This CD contains information about a workshop on learning disabilities in adults for service providers in Haida Gwaii. A subsequently developed tool kit for practitioners covers different learning styles and available resources.