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Special Learning Needs


Grant funded programs must provide equal access to programs and services for all adults, including adults with special learning needs.

Special learning needs may include: Physical concerns or disabilities related to vision or hearing problems, mobility impairments and/or health conditions; and/or learning disabilities.

Policies and Procedures

Special Learning Needs Policy (Word) | (PDF)

As a condition of federal funding, all AEFLA-funded grantees must comply with specific federal laws and regulations, including the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. In addition, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Acts requires state plans to contain an objective assessment of learners including individuals most in need or hardest to serve. The Special Learning Needs Policy outlines the requirements for implementation for each AEFLA-funded program, as well as, an outline of evidence for compliance to each provision.


The Procedures for Serving Learners With Special Needs (Word) document outlines the items for programs to include when crafting their local procedure.

Tools for Local Implementation

Training and Resources

CDE Trainings and Resources

The Office of Adult Education Initiatives provides training on special learning needs and implementing the Special Learning Needs Policy. Trainings are posted on the AEI Calendar and any pre-recorded webinars are posted here, as well. You can also request alternative testing formats from the office by e-mailing

For more information, contact the Special Learning Needs Coordinator, Gaye Horne, at

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