Adults with Disabilities Education

The SBCAE is one of the first consortia in the state to establish a position for an Adults with Disabilities Specialist, specifically to work with adult education students. We are proud that Natalie Bradley is working with adult students and their teachers at all SBCAE member institutions.

Thanks to the dedicated faculty of both systems who worked to contribute to the Three Year Regional Plan for SBCAE, assuring that goals for adults with special needs were included. Each member selected representatives, working with their Academic Senates, faculty collective bargaining units, and other faculty leaders. 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. The SBCAE plan, validated by work with our community partners, identifies better collaboration and alignment between systems and among community organizations, and joint professional development for teachers.


The 2018 Adults with Disabilities Summit

Friday, November 16, 2018, from 9 AM to 4 PM at West Valley College. This summit will be focused on employment and vocational training. Flyer (full page) PDF or DOC, Handout (two sections on 1 page) PDF or DOC. Join the invite list! Email:

Trauma Informed Care for Disability Service Providers Training (PDF)

Monday, December 10, 2018, from 9 AM - 4 PM at WVC

Karyn Harvey, PHd “Assistant Executive Director of Quality Supports at The Arc of Baltimore“Assistant Executive Director of Quality Supports at The Arc of Baltimore

Examples of some of topics she covers are:

  1. Trauma Informed Behavioral Interventions
  2. Positive Identity Development
  3. Understanding Secondary or Vicarious Trauma Experience by Service Providers

Great Teacher Resources:

Web Resource List (AWD) (pdf)

Mental Health - Urgent Care Santa Clara, CA (pdf) Website

GED Learning Disability Accommodation Request Form (pdf)

Great Student Resources:

Explicit Teaching - I do we do you do (pdf)

I AM SUCCESS Positive Affirmations (pdf)

Great Student Math Manipulative's Recommendations (pdf)

October 5, 2018 Faculty Work Group Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Overfelt Adult Center (Directions),1901 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA 95122

Nine Project Plans Summary for 2018-2019

Project 4 – Adults with Disabilities (PDF)

Organization Faculty
Silicon Valley Adult Education Yvonne Washington
Campbell Adult and Community Education Margarita Ortiz-Minett TBD
Milpitas Adult Education Elsie Chandler Arezoo Miller
Santa Clara Adult Education David Grant Brenda Carrillo, SC Support
San Jose City College Mary Denham Cathy Patel Edina Rutland, Co-Chair
Evergreen Valley College VACANT VACANT
West Valley College Cheryl Miller Mae Conroy, SC Support
Mission College Annabel Tomacder-Ruiz VACANT
San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Lynette Gray, SC Support
SBCAE (Contracted with Santa Clara) Natalie Bradley, Co-Chair

South Bay Consortium for Adult Education - Adults w/Disabilities Web Resource List (pdf)

GED Learning DisabilityAccommodation Request Form (pdf)