Adult Basic Education and Literacy

For Adults with Intellectual Challenges, Autism or 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, austim or 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.

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.  The scheduled year begins in mid-September and continues through mid-May.  Open enrollment available throughout the year.

The Adult Basic Education program will:

  • Provide orientation, counseling and assessment services to determine what level and type of instruction will most benefit students
  • Help adult learners become more successful in the workplace by collaborating with job trainers and supervisors
  • Use methods and materials to address the needs of non-readers or adults seeking to increase their academic and workplace skill development
  • Instruct students using cutting-edge technology, such as the iPad, a full computer center, and online educational programs/tools
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Staff for the Adult Basic Education program:

  • Instructors are trained and educated in the Adult Education field.
  • Paraprofessionals have the expertise, experience, and resources to deal effectively with the specialized academic and professional needs of the adult learners.
  • Volunteers must have a bachelor’s degree or be currently working on a degree in any field of study and be willing to provide 3 hours per week of tutoring.  The program provides an orientation, as well as all learning materials and ongoing training and support.  Classes integrate technology including iPads and computers. 

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 at 814-874-5554

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