Andragogy for Teen and Young Adult Learners with Intellectual Disabilities: Learning, Independence, and Best Practices

Document Type


Department or Administrative Unit

Center for Teaching and Learning

Publication Date

Summer 2012


Teens and young adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) meet the criteria of teen and adult learners chronologically, but may be deficient in many other areas of teen and adult learning. The spectrum of intellectual and adaptive capabilities among teens and adults with ID is vast, with each individual being unique. There are specific teaching and learning approaches that have been proven to be effective when working with teens and adults with ID. The purpose of this paper is to provide a very basic and general understanding of the topic and to suggest specific "best practices."


This article was originally published in Education.

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