People with intellectual disability require specialized education so that they can qualify for jobs and post-secondary training. Through our Basic Adult Education classes, they receive just that. On Thursday evenings and Friday mornings, PEP consumers (45 students a week) are taught literacy skills in basic math, reading, life skills, money math, social skills, and workplace skills. Class discussions reinforce workbook lessons and seasonal worksheets keep the curriculum fresh and current. With the recent update of our computers lab, these classes now also teach basic computer skills, how to job search, and use social media. Each class is led by our award-winning staff that specializes in the education of adults with disabilities.
What is adult literacy? A simple definition tells us that it is the ability to read and write. Yet in practical terms, literacy is so much more. In today’s workplace, literacy skills extend beyond understanding the written word and include English as a Second Language, math, technology and digital skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and work related soft skills. The power of literacy lies in an individual’s capacity to put those skills to work in shaping the course of his or her own life.
Through the Adult Literacy classes, PEP also provides job coaching services to community members. Career coaching includes assessing students’ skills and interests, and with assisting the students with creating and updating typed versions of their resume. In 2014 successful coaching led to ten of our students in gainful employment, with the others right behind them.
For more information about our Adult Literacy classes, please contact Lisa Hannum at 215-952-4272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.