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

03/01/2001

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

Implementation
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.

Cost
$5.00 for Manual; $7.00 for Technical Report; $3.00 each for tool and scoring sheet

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
Kansas


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

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