Adults with Disabilities Education

Programs for Adults with Disabilities (AWD) are one of program areas under the California Adult Education Program (CAEP). Examples of CAEP supported AWD programs in our consortium include the Independence Network and Skills Plus programs at Santa Clara Adult School.

In addition of the above mentioned programs designed specifically for Adults with Disabilities, SBCAE members serve many students with learning disabilities across their program areas. To support these students and build our faculty and staff’s capacity to serve students with a variety of learning disabilities, the SBCAE is one of the first consortia in the state to have established a position for an Adults with Disabilities Specialist, specifically to work with adult education students.


One of four SBCAE Faculty Work Groups, the AWD Faculty Work Group advances the implementation of the Three Year and Annual Plan, as it relates to Adults with Disabilities. These faculty members are passionate about addressing the varied assessments, accommodations, and instructional services that can support all adults achieving their instructional goals. Education for adults with disabilities ranges from quality of life outcomes, to College and Career Readiness.

Current Year Activities, aligned with project 6 in the 2020-2021 work plan include:

  • Increasing opportunities for learning disability assessment and accommodations for students enrolled in adult education, particularly High School Diploma/Equivalency students.
  • Develop recommendations for AWD specialist position

2020-2021 AWD Faculty Work Group members

Arezoo Miller Silicon Valley Adult Education David Grant
Santa Clara Adult Education
Debra Williams Mission College Edina Rutland San José City College
Elsie Chandler Milpitas Adult Education James Kramer Silicon Valley Adult Education
Lars Guntvedt Campbell Adult Education Margarita Ortiz Campbell Adult Education
Mary Denham San José City College Tracy Smith Silicon Valley Adult Education
Christine Berdiansky
Steering Committee member
Santa Clara Adult Education Giuliana Brahim
Steering Committee member
Milpitas Adult Education
Norma Martinez
Steering Committee member
Silicon Valley Adult Education Robbie Kunkel
Steering Committee member
Evergreen Valley College

AWD Faculty Work Group Meeting Agendas and Minutes