Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Adult Learning Disability Screening (ALDS)


Barriers Identified
Learning Disabilities

Number and Types of Questions
In addition to collecting descriptive, demographic information, the tool is divided into three parts. Part One is a 25-item Self-Rating Scale of frequency of difficulty performing "activities of daily living." Part Two is a 19-item Self-Administered Inventory requiring 'yes' or 'no' responses on an inventory of family and educational history. Part Three includes follow-up questions that probe further on previous responses. Additionally, the tool includes questions to the examiner as a procedural and administration validity check.

Target Population
Adults age 16 - 64

Methodological Information
Self-Rating Scales were found to be 85 percent accurate in predicting the existence of a learning disability and the Self-Administered Inventory was 90 percent accurate in predicting the existence of a learning disability.9

The first and second parts of the ALDS are designed to be completed by the participant (self-administered), while part 3 is comprised of follow-up questions which the examiner asks the client. Each part of the battery is completed in less than 8 minutes for most examiners.

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Source or Publisher
University of Kansas, Cntr for Research on Learning
Attention: Daryl Mellard or Sean Lancaster
3061 Dole Center, Lawrence, KS 66045

State(s) Believed to be Using

9  Gerry, Martin and Candace Shively. The Kansas Learning Disabilities Initiative. Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services, January 1999.

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