Learning Disabilities

Learning Disability: is a recognized disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Adult education and family literacy programs need to comply with the requirements of ADA. As of July 1, 2007 adult education programs are required to develop a Learning Disability Screening Procedure that includes the following.

  • Post the ADA Public Notice
  • During intake/orientation the ADA Public Notice must be presented and read. In ESOL programs, the ADA Public Notice must be presented in the language of the majority of participants. The ADA Public Notice should be available upon request to students in alternate formats.
  • Students must sign that they have received and understood the information in the ADA Public Notice. A copy of this signature page must be kept on file.
  • Identify the person who will be the ADA Complaint Coordinator for the program; whether this person will be the ADA Coordinator for the entire agency (this person is usually in Human Resources) or a staff person who is closer to the program.
  • In addition to presenting the ADA Public Notice, the person identified as the ADA Complaint Coordinator must be identified; the Three Step Grievance Policy and the implications for tailoring an effective program must be presented.
  • All staff working in the adult education and family literacy program must also know the requirements of ADA, the ADA Complaint Coordinator, the Three Step Grievance Policy as well as the formal Grievance Policy.
  • Develop procedures for obtaining confidential school records for students disclosing a learning disability.
  • Keep all confidential information in a locked, secure location.
    Set criteria for referring adults to be screened for learning disabilities and obtain the necessary waiver from the student.
  • Offer the types of modifications in the classroom that are listed under Accommodations Not Requiring Approval by GEDTS-Trained Personnel.

ADA Homepage

Learning Disability videos based on Bridges to Practice information can be accessed through the Ohio-ABLE professional development  to Learning Disabilities, then LD Videos.