Basic Education for Adults with Intellectual Challenges and Learning Disabilities

The Adult Basic Education/ Adult Literacy Program at the Barber National Institute offers instruction in math, reading and writing skills. The adults in the program are over the age of 17 and have intellectual challenges and learning disabilities. We are the only special needs program that provides adult basic education in the state of Pennsylvania.

There is no cost to the student.  The Adult Basic Education/ Adult Literacy Program provides an individualized approach to meet a student’s educational and professional goals.

Adult Education and Literacy with Technology

Adult Basic Education Schedule:

Classes are held on the main campus of the Barber National Institute Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Monday, and Wednesday evening from 4:00-6:30 p.m. from September through early June.  Scheduled year begins in mid-September and continues through mid-May.  Open enrollment available throughout the year

The Adult Basic Education program will:

Staff for the Adult Basic Education program:


Volunteers are needed to tutor adults in the Adult Basic Education/Adult Literacy program at the Barber National Institute.  The volunteers would provide one-on-one or small group tutoring to help adults with intellectual disabilities increase their academic skills, particularly in the areas of reading and math.


For more information, about scheduling a classroom visit, enrollment, or volunteering contact:

Kathleen Pagano Program Manager