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Through self-paced modules, explore differences in the definitions of learning disabilities (LD), the ramifications for adults with LD, testing and instructional accommodations appropriate for individuals with LD, and instructional strategies for teaching the "soft skills" needed for workplace success.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Practitioners who are new to Adult Education
  • Practitioners who have not previously completed this PD offering

Introduction to Learning Disabilities in Adults combines three online, self-paced modules from LINCS Learning to Achieve, adding brief learning engagements and knowledge checks to facilitate the intake and processing of this information. Massachusetts-specific LD resources have been included to support our adult education practitioners.

You may choose any combination of the three modules, in any order, completing a brief assessment after each module in order to receive PD hours:

  • Definitions of Learning Disabilities (1.5 hours)
  • Accommodations (1 hour)
  • Workforce Preparation Strategies (2 hours)

Shortly before the course begins you will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course through Blackboard. You cannot access this course through the SABES calendar.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Describe a consensus definition of LD
  • Identify some behaviors that indicate an individual may have LD
  • Describe Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how it helps individuals with LD
  • Identify instructional accommodations appropriate for individuals with LD
  • Describe strategies for developing skills that enhance success and workforce readiness for adults with LD
End Date

United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
ESOL/English Language Learner
Learning Disabilities
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
New Staff
Workforce Development