NEWSLETTER / JAN/98 V-15 NO. 2

LIST OF ARTICLES

CONFITNIA V

PAACE Pre-Conference

Maryland Focus Group

Interagency Training on Children with Special Needs

ARIN Adult Education Class

LDR Bookstore

NAASLN

Renewing and Redoing, A Mutual Benefit

CONFITNIA V

RESULTS of the Hamburg Conference on Adult Education:

One of the products of each of the international UNESCO conferences on adult education is a Declaration on Adult Education. The Declaration from the fifth international conference included for the first time a statement about adults with disabilities. The second statement in the Declaration states that: 2) Adult education thus becomes more than a right; it is a key to the twenty-first century. It is both a consequence of active citizenship and a condition for full participation in society. It is a powerful concept for fostering ecologically sustainable development, for promoting democracy, justice, gender equity, and scientific, social and economic development, and for building a world in which violent conflict is replaced by dialogue and a culture of peace based on justice. Adult learning can shape identity and give meaning to life. Learning throughout life implies a rethinking of content to reflect such factors as age, gender equality, disability, language, culture, and economic disparities. The 22nd paragraph states: 22) In line with the Salamanca Statement, [from the Unesco Conference on Special Education, Salamanca, Spain, 1993] integration and access for people with disabilities should be promoted. Disabled persons have the right to equitable learning opportunities which recognize and respond to their educational needs and goals, and in which appropriate learning technology matches their special learning needs. This is the first time that the Declaration on Adult Education [there has been one every 10 years since 1950] has directly addressed the lifelong learning of adults with disabilities. The action plan from the conference calls for an International Conference on lifelong learning for adults with disabilities. More information about the 1997 Hamburg Conference and the full text of the Declaration on Adult Education can be found at: http://www.education.unesco.org./educprog/uie/index.html.

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PAACE PRE-CONFERENCE

At the Midwinter PAACE Conference, Dr. Cooper will conduct a pre-conference workshop on February 3rd, entitled Designing Adult Education Programs for Students with Learning Differences. This workshop is designed primarily for those individuals who will be participating in the course that he is offering this year on learning differences; however, it will also be open to anyone interested in the topic. The topics included in this workshop will be recruitment, admission, assessment, curriculum, support services, and retention. For more information about the course or the pre-conference workshop, contact Dr. Cooper at 1-800-204-7667.

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MARYLAND FOCUS GROUP

In November the Department of Education in Maryland hosted a focus group in co-operation with the National Institute for Literacy and National Adult Literacy and Learning Disability Center. Dr. Cooper participated in the focus group was which comprised of about 40 experts in learning disabilities from around the country. The purpose of the focus group was to explore ways to redesign adult education programs to specifically meet the needs of individuals with learning disabilities. This effort is one of a growing number of initiatives around the country to face more directly the specific needs of individuals who have low literacy skills because of learning disabilities.

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INTERAGENCY TRAINING on CHILDREN with SPECIAL NEEDS

During the month of November, Dr. Cooper made three trips to Western PA to conduct training sessions for a number of different groups. Some sessions were part of the statewide staff development program on learning disabilities and others were hosted by four agencies in Lawrence County, PA: the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, The Family Center, Head Start and Mental Health/Mental Retardation. This two day training involved a full day for parents of children with special needs followed by a second day of training over 180 teachers and other professionals in those three agencies. The third trip was again to the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in Grove City to provide a training session for its special education teachers.

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ARIN ADULT EDUCATION CLASS

As part of the new funding from the Department of Education, ARIN IU # 28 (Armstrong/Indiana) has established an experimental class for students who would like to participate. Dr. Cooper, consultant to the project, is helping the ARIN staff to administer and interpret the Cooper Screening for Information Processing and he is training them to use the instructional techniques which are indicated by the results of the screening. As part of the training he works with the students in the classroom demonstrating various techniques.

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LDR BOOKSTORE

Learning disAbilities Resources has added a bookstore at its location at 6 E. Eagle Road in Havertown, Pennsylvania. The bookstore displays all of the products produced by LDR and a number of select titles on learning and attention problems from other publishers.

Dr. Cooper has recorded a new Math Video to replace the one hour Teaching Math Video which was listed in the LDR Catalog. The new three hour video is broken into three one hour sections to make it easy to use in classrooms and staff development training. In the video, Dr. Cooper explains why many people who learn differently struggle with math, and he provides a variety of techniques for improving basic math skills.

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NAASLN

The National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs has a new address:

NAASLN, 1444 "I" St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20005. Phone: 202-216-9623; e-mail: NAASLN@BostromDC.com

Mark your calendar for the 1998 NAASLN Annual Conference which will be held September 30, October 1, 2 and 3 in St. Louis, Missouri. Anyone who would like to make a presentation at the NAASLN conference should contact Diane Glass, at the Kansas Department of Education, 785-296-7159.

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RENEWING and REDOING

A MUTUAL BENEFIT

For many years, the Center for Alternative Learning and Learning disAbilities Resources and volunteers at Elwyn Inc.'s Upper Darby program helped each other. The Center had newsletters and catalogs prepared by volunteers at the day program and the day program clients had opportunities to serve the community. That partnership ended last spring when the Elwyn program went in a different direction and could not support community volunteer services. Now, that mutually beneficial relationship has been transferred. The Center can again count on the volunteer services of a unique organization dedicated to helping area non-profits and people who wish to volunteer but cannot or prefer not to volunteer independently.

The recently formed Volunteer Services and Resource Project (VSRP) is picking up where Elwyn's Upper Darby program left off. VSRP and its Mobile Volunteer Service Team, directed by Doug Mackay, has made a commitment to help the Center and LDR in exchange for space use at 6 East Eagle Road. Space use will allow VSPR, now a fledging unit program of Resources for Human Development, to provide similar volunteer services to other other non-profit organizations who also lack space to accomplish certain projects, usually mass mailings. The Center will also serve as VSRP's temporary home-base for volunteer team members to gather prior to driving to area agencies needing volunteer help. In addition, VSRP hopes to establish a storefront retail sale fundraising service, and Dr. Cooper has offered to set aside a corner of the Center to get this unique service off and running. Both agencies expect the partnership to benefit each other as more people become aware of the services of the Center, the products of LDR, and the services of VSRP.

 

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