This is a revised edition of Guidelines on the inclusion of adults with learning disabilities in literacy schemes (NALA 1999). In 2013, the Department of Education and Science (DES) Review of Adult Literacy Provision recommended revising and updating the original Guidelines. In 2015, SOLAS asked NALA to produce a Scoping Paper to inform that work. The Scoping Paper included a draft set of guidelines. It was informed by a literature review, interviews with practitioners and learners from adult literacy services and disability services, and interviews with personnel from national organisations in the disability and further education sectors.
In 2017, the draft guidelines were considered by the National Advisory Committee (advising SOLAS regarding the implementation of the FET Literacy and Numeracy Strategy), the SOLAS Senior Management Team, Directors of Further Education and Training, and individual ETB Adult Literacy Services. NALA and ETBI finalised the guidelines in light of the feedback received.
The revised guidelines are intended for providers of adult literacy and numeracy services. They suggest broad elements of a strategy which each service can adapt to their particular situation. Click the PDF icon to download.