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Citation:  Moni, K.B., Jobling, A., Morgan, M., & Lloyd, J. (2011). Promoting literacy for adults with intellectual disabilities in a community-based service organisation. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 51 (3),
Title:  Promoting literacy for adults with intellectual disabilities in a community-based service organisation
Authors:  Moni, K.B., Jobling, A., Morgan, M., & Lloyd, J.
Year:  2011
Journal/Publication:  Australian Journal of Adult Learning
Publisher: 
Full text:  http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ954476   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  In the past, research has not focused on literacy skills in adults with intellectual disabilities. Growing research in adult literacy indicates that individuals with intellectual disabilities are capable of increasing literacy skills over the lifespan.
Purpose:  This case study examines one community-based organization to determine the literacy needs of adults with intellectual disabilities and to identify ways that additional supports can be incorporated into existing community support framework.
Setting:  Community-based organization
Study sample:  13 participants
Data collection and analysis:  Semi-structured interviews were conducted, as well as formal and informal measures of literacy.
Findings:  Analysis of qualitative data indicates that more can be done to incorporate activities that support the increase in adult literacy skills.
Conclusions:  The researchers suggest the inclusion of more opportunities for adults to increase literacy skills through the use of accessible texts, writing, and use of photo boards or displays to express ideas. Increased education of staff is warranted due to a persisting belief that individuals with intellectual disabilities are not capable of increasing literacy skills and the low expectations, as a result.

Disabilities served:  Cognitive / intellectual impairment