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2005 National Training Institute

Session IV:  Adults with Special Learning Needs


Session IV:  Adults with Special Learning Needs - Part I
What State Directors Need to Know About Special Learning Needs

Laurel Weisel and Rich Cooper, NASSLN

Policy Options for Adults with Special Learning Needs - Concurrent Sessions:  
  • Partnerships (Resource Chart is under development.  To check the status, you may view NASSLN's website at

Laura Weisel, Becky Bird (MT), Denise Pottmeyer (OH)

Georgia Newell (OK), Rochelle Kenyon (FL), Jeff Fantine (OH)


Robin Schwartz, Coordinator of Tutoring Services
The Learning Lab @ Lesley

  • Practice

North Carolina has developed a guide for teaching adults with mental retardation. It is called Compensatory Education. A copy of the guide is available from the North Carolina adult education state office. For additional information or to receive a copy, contact Dr.  Randy Whitfield at  

Compensatory Education is a community college program designed specifically for adults with mental retardation. The purpose of the program is to compensate adults with developmental disabilities for the lack of, or inadequate, education received earlier. The focus of the Compensatory Education Program is on helping the individual become as independent as possible through acquiring basic and life skills needed to function successfully in daily living.

Eligibility criteria: To be eligible to participate in the Compensatory Education Program, an individual must be 17 or older, and (a) diagnosed with mental retardation or (b) functioning on a level equivalent to mental retardation resulting from head injury or brain damage.


Randy Whitfield (NC)





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