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This handbook, which is intended for tutors, disability practitioners, and others working with adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, contains supplementary materials for and about supporting literacy for people with intellectual/developmental challenges. The handbook is a product of the following activities: extensive research of the existing literature; discussion and exchange with literacy experts, practitioners, and some learners; and input from pilot agencies delivering literacy programming in Canada. The following topics are examined in sections 1-6: (1) significance of the handbook; (2) intellectually/developmentally challenged learners; (3) keys to success; (4) advice to tutors; (5) assessment; and (6) literacy activities. Section 7 offers recommendations regarding advocating for disabled learners and related topics. Section 8 contains acknowledgments, and Section 9 contains the following additional readings: "A Literacy Bill of Rights" (David E. Yoder, Karen A. Erickson, David A. Koppenhaver); "A Charter of Rights" (drafted by an unnamed group of developmentally disabled learners); "Get Your Message Across" (Janet Pringle); "Paving Our Road to Inclusion: Directions 2000" (Cindy Crichton); "What Do You See When You See Me?" (Carla Roppel); "Creating the Landscape for Inclusion: Directions '99"; and "How I Got into Literacy" (Marlene Dray). Section 10 is an annotated bibliography that lists 84 publications, Web sites, online documents, and computer software titles. (MN)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Annotated Bibliographies, Beginning Reading, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style, Computer Uses in Education, Definitions, Developmental Disabilities, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Educational Theories, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Instructional Materials, Internet, Learning Activities, Learning Processes, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Outreach Programs, Pilot Projects, Remedial Instruction, Special Needs Students, State of the Art Reviews, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Student Needs, Success, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship, Tutoring, Tutors, Vocational Rehabilitation, World Wide Web

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Autor: Lockert, Richard


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