Learning Disability Designee Resources

Find slides and handouts from past trainings: LD Designee Training Archive

Learning Difference and Learning Disability


Responsibilities of the LD Designee

Using Person First Language

Connecting Staff with Training on Disabilities and Learning Differences

Online Learning Disabilities Training Materials from Ontario

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program: Disability Etiquette

Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners


For more detailed information read: 5 ADA Administrative Requirements
Adult Educator Handbook of Rights and Responsibilites from the Division of Adult Studies at the University of Kansas is an excellent resource that includes checklists to assist the work of the designee.)


Chapter 16-63 of RI Statute concerns Adult Education

Within the statute, the Adult Education Bill of Rights further defines learner rights.

On the federal level, funding for Adult Education is set out in the Workforce Opportunity and Investment Act



Checklists would have to be developed at a few reading levels and translated for the lower levels. They would focus on adjustments that is inspired by longer student self-checklists from Bridges to Practice (Bridges-student-self-check-appendix_B). Programs also can use a more thorough process such as Powerpath (http://www.powerpath.com/). Copies of student self-assessment should be kept in program file, shared with teacher, and reviewed each session.



One resource for working with a student to identify accommodations that might work is the Procedural Guide to Accommodating Adults with Disabilities published by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning Division of Adult Studies. This older screening protocol might also be useful: Bridges-Practitioner-Screening-Protocol

For English Language Learners, try Empire State Screen for Spanish Speaking Adults (use these instructions: Empire State Screen instructions these resources from the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State (LDANYS http://www.ldanys.org/index.php?s=4&b=13&p=16)


Preparing for Classroom Accommodations

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards: Best Practices for Educators


National Instructional Materials Access Center Many large publishers prepare digital versions of their text books that are ready to reformat for a students’ specific needs. If you need to provide an accessible version of a text book (for ex: large print, braille or text-to-speech), search this data base to find an adaptable version.

Documenting Disability for Testing

Finding old records:

A student may find documentation of diagnosis and/or information about accommodations that they have had in the past when they request a COMPLETE copy of their educational record from the last district that they attended. Programs can use the worksheet attached here to support students seeking their records:


The Student General information about the adult learning disability assessment process can be found here:Adult Learning Disability Assessment Process . The result of a 3 year project at the University of Kansas full manual can be found here: UKansas ACC Guide

Accommodations for the GED:

To apply for accommodations on the GED exams, start here. Before applying for the accommodation of extended time on a GED exam, a student can take a GED Ready (practice exam) with extra time. GED Ready can only be purchased to run with extended time by calling 1-800-392-6433. GED extended time accommodation will be 125%, 150% or 200%. The most common accommodation is 125% time, but since students do not know what kind of time that they will get, they should purchase a GED Ready at 200% time, then time themselves as they take the practice test.

Paths to Diagnosis in RI

When an adult student in RI needs a professional to diagnose or determine the nature of their learning difference, there are a few paths to pursue: individual health care, ORS and the URI Psychological Consultation Center.

In theory, an adult student should be able to access evaluation for a condition that significantly impacts their life functioning by asking for a referral through a primary care physician. Anecdotal reports on the success of this path vary greatly, but a student with the ability to self-advocate and a supportive physician might try this path. Some programs keep a list of doctors who have worked with past students successfully.

If the adult student is interested in finding or keeping a job and their educational difficulties are the barrier, the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS)  is an option. Fill out the application, which is on the website, and send it in. Once the application is submitted, you will be assigned a VR Counselor and they will determine if an evaluation is the best next step for you on your path to employment. If you have questions, go to the Learning Disabilities Project contact information to connect the student with a VR Counselor who is experienced in Learning Differences.

From the ORS site: “To be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, you must – 1) have a physical, intellectual or emotional impairment which is a substantial barrier to employment, and 2) require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, secure, retain, or regain employment, and 3) be able to benefit from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome. If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your vocational rehabilitation office will presume that you are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.”

If the adult student does not have employment as a goal, but needs more detailed information and a professional diagnosis (for ex: when transitioning to college), the URI Psychological Consultation Center in Kingston offers complete evaluations at a reduced rate. The full 3 day evaluation and preparation of written documentation is $495 (as of spring 2016) and can be paid in 2-3 installments. RIDE support should be requested if the URI path seems the only option and the fees are a barrier to student access.

Transition for LD Students into Post-Secondary and Employment

Post Secondary:

Colleges and universities make accommodations for disabled students when students work with a student services office to request accommodations before classes start. Students with documented disabilities should be referred to these offices as they are transitioning from adult education.

CCRI Disability Services for Students


Rhode Island College Disability Services Center


URI Disability Services for Students



The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) released an InfoBrief  in 2004 on working with disabled youth and adults in the workforce development system. Here it is in English and in Spanish