Learning disabilities is the theme of the latest issue of "Focus on Basics," the World Education publication that brings together research, policy, and practice in adult basic education. Starting with an update on research on neurobiology and dyslexia, this issue also examines how the adult basic education system supports students with learning disabilities at the state policy, program design, and classroom levels. Best practice is shared by a veteran teacher from Minnesota and legal issues are addressed by a national advocate for the learning disabled. New insight from a recent study sheds light on the transition from adult basic education to college, a challenging shift to make for any student. Articles in this issue of "Focus on Basics," include: (1) The Neurobiology of Reading and Dyslexia (Sally E. Shaywitz and Bennett A. Shaywitz); (2) The Evolution of an Adult Literacy Teacher (Margaret Frank); (3) Making Universal Design a Reality (Deborah Reck); (4) Getting Started with Assistive Technology (Heidi Silver-Pacuilla); (5) Addressing Potential Impediments to Learning with ESOL Students (Robin Lovrien Schwarz); (6) Leave No Stone Unturned (Alice-Ann Menjivar); (7) A Conversation with "FOB" ["Focus on Basics"]: Legal Issues Related to Adults with Learning Disabilities; (8) Enabling ABE [adult basic education] Students with Learning Disabilities to Persist in College (Gabrielle Gerhard); and (9) Learning Disabilities and Ohio: Policies and Professional Development (Sharon Reynolds with Katrina Seymour). (Individual articles contain references and resources.) ["Focus on Basics" is a publication of the US Division of World Education, Inc. For "Focus on Basics: Connecting Research & Practice. Volume 8, Issue C," see ED495942.]
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.; World Education, Inc., Boston, MA.