Accommodations Overview

The United States Department of Justice has provided a publication with information about testing accommodations and rights for individuals with disabilities.  Click here to view the PDF. Federal and State…

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Adult Learner Intervention Overview

Adult Learner Intervention Do you have a student who has not made a level gain, has significant difficulties in reading, writing or math, is easily distracted, forgetful or acts out…

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ADHD Overview

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD has become an increasingly popular label for people who seem restless and distractible, or have trouble remembering. Actually, there are many reasons for such…

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Overview

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by severe and sustained impairment in social interaction and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities—both of which interfere with social, educational, and…

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Brain Injury Overview

This chapter is designed to help you understand enough about this disability to feel more comfortable working with students with suspected or documented brain injury. The Brain as a Human…

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Chemical Health Overview

There are 10 categories of substance-related disorders in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition. The category is called Substance Related and Addictive Disorders. Alcohol related disorders Caffeine related…

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Disability Awareness and the Law Overview

Purpose The following information has been prepared in accordance with federal and state disability laws. While information and disability laws can differ from state to state, in most cases the…

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Epilepsy Overview

This chapter will acquaint you with seizure disorder (epilepsy) and its signs and implications. The goals are to recognize a seizure when it is occurring and to respond appropriately. It…

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Deafness and Hearing Loss Overview

ThinkSelf - Minnesota Deaf Adult Education and Advocacy ThinkSelf is a statewide ABE consortium (Minnesota-based 501c3 nonprofit)  that serves Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH) learners. We offer Adult…

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Intellectual Disabilities Overview

This chapter was developed to provide resources for job training, recreational and social skills opportunities that may be more appropriate for some ABE students. Since many disabilities are hidden, it…

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Mental Health Overview

Mental Health Challenges Mental health is as variable and individualistic as physical health. It is something most people aspire to but few people are able to maintain throughout a lifetime. …

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Physical Disabilities Overview

Defining Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an individual with a disability is a person who: Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more…

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Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) Overview

Dyslexia (Reading) Dysgraphia (Writing) Dyscalculia (Math) What is a specific learning disorder/learning disability? There is more than one definition for specific learning disorder/learning disabilities due to different criteria used to…

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Student Progress Policy

Minnesota Department of Education Adult Basic Education http://mnabe.org/abe-law-policy/mn-abe-policies Effective October 1, 2007 Summary and Key Points Policy Summary: In order to receive ABE services or instruction, eligible students must have…

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Transitions Overview

Definition of Transition Transition is defined as:  “A change in status from behaving primarily as a student to assuming emergent adult roles in the community. These roles include employment, participating…

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Overview

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that minimizes barriers and maximizes learning for all students.  Based on scientific insights into how humans learn, UDL can help refine why…

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Website Contributors

The following people provided their expertise in writing content for this website.  Thank you to all of the contributors!  Brandes, Sheila, CBISABE TeacherRobbinsdale Adult Academic ProgramCarey Wack, JaniceMinnesota Brain Injury…

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