Four stories from the "LaDS Learner Stories" are included. The learner stories are interspersed between sections in the first half of the guide. Each learner's instructor, tutor or program coordinator introduces the stories.
Effective practices are strategies and ways of working that are useful, efficient, and valuable to those who are participating in the literacy learning activities. It is important to know if your practice is effective, you know if your practices are effective by what learners say and do.
This section describes what the SARAW talking computer program is. This computer software program was developed for adults with disabilities and low literacy to improve their reading, writing, spelling and phonetic skills.
The heart of this guide is based on the effective practices used by tutors, support workers and instructors. This section presents effective teaching and learning practices, as demonstrated by participants in the SARAW Survey.
This section has many activities, tools and materials that you can use in your program.
Technology offers an opportunity to increase accessibility to learning for adults with disabilities. This section provides information on where to get SARAW, and how to introduce the SARAW computer to learners, tutors and instructor.
Two programs are profiled. The intent is to describe a typical day in a literacy program where learners use the SARAW computer. Both programs demonstrate exemplary practices of adult learning principles. These stories can be found in the last half of the guide.
Effective practices in program management include ensuring accommodations for disabilities, flexibility, affordability, and adequate support is built-in to your program. This section presents program features that increase accessibility for learners with disabilities to participate in literacy skill building activities.
This section offers information on the SARAW manual and workbook, resources for teaching and learning, assessment, research papers, articles, and books. Also included are web sites for organizations on literacy and disabilities, and information on LaDS publications.
Please copy and use the appendices with your clients/learners, and your colleagues.