In an effort to identify and better serve the needs of adults with disabilities/difficulties, the Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education supports and implements a formal Technical Assistance (TA) Model to assist Connecticut Adult Education personnel.
Disability Contact Person
Each adult education program must identify an individual who, as initial point of contact, is responsible for disseminating disability-related information to others in his/her program and serves as a resource for the local community. Disability Contact Persons (DCPs) meet annually to identify current needs, share resources, network, and work through common student/client-scenarios.
Disability Focus Group
The Disability Focus Group (DFG) is an interagency group that meets to inform the decisions and procedures implemented by the Bureau with regard to adults with disabilities. The mission of the Disability Focus Group is to encourage and support the efforts of adult education and literacy personnel to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities to educational and training facilities, programs, services and employment opportunities. In addition to informational meetings on serving adults with disabilities, an annual Adults with Disabilities Conference is held each spring. Policies and procedures have been developed for the Connecticut Competency System (CCS) pertaining to testing, accommodations and confidentiality and for the Connecticut Adult Reporting System (CARS) regarding disability data collection.