Bridging the Social Mobility Gap:

Supporting Working Adult Students with Learning Disabilities

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Help working adults with learning disabilities succeed in school and in the workplace.

Students with learning disabilities or attention differences comprise 1 in 5 Americans, yet these individuals enroll in four-year colleges at half the rate of their peers. This is due to a myriad of barriers ranging from time poverty and increased financial pressure, to low self-esteem caused by a lack of equitable support and experiences of stigma. This confluence of factors has led to preventable negative outcomes, including:

  • The poverty rate for people with disabilities is 2x the average rate
  • 46% of adults with learning disabilities are employed as opposed to nearly 77% of adults without learning disabilities
  • 41% of young adults with learning disabilities complete post secondary degrees, compared to 52% of all students, which can severely limit job prospects
In this white paper, we go in-depth on unique barriers that working adult students with learning disabilities face in accessing and thriving in higher education, and suggest impactful interventions that higher education institutions can implement to combat stigma and improve educational attainment for people with learning disabilities.

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About the Authors
Alex Cannon

Manager of Content & Marketing, Guild Education

Alex Cannon is a Manager of Content & Marketing for Guild’s Learning Marketplace, focused on driving insights from the intersection of the future of learning and the future of work . She has worked in education for the last decade, including roles in nonprofit leadership, academic consulting, higher education, and academic publishing. Most recently, Alex managed grants for Entangled Solutions, an education ecosystem-focused consultancy. She is a Practice- Based Creative Writing PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, researching trauma representation in contemporary writing.

Sheldon Horowitz

Senior Advisor of Strategic Innovation, Research & Insights at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

Sheldon Horowitz is the Senior Advisor of Strategic Innovation, Research & Insights at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). He provides leadership and oversight of key programs, and serves as an in-house expert on learning and attention issues to the NCLD and Understood teams. During his more than twenty years at NCLD, Sheldon has provided leadership on many of NCLD’s projects and programs as well as oversight of NCLD’s Professional Advisory Board. He enjoys being the ‘go to’ person for questions about learning and attention issues across program areas, and is co-author of NCLD’s signature publication, The State of Learning Disabilities Report. Sheldon completed his master’s degree at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University and holds a doctorate in learning disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York, with a specialization in learning disabilities and neurosciences in education.

Kevin Rockmael

Senior Principal of Marketing, Guild Education

Kevin is a Senior Principal of Marketing at Guild’s Learning Marketplace. He has worked in the education space as a marketer for 20+ years. Most recently Kevin served as Marketing Partner for the Entangled Group, a venture studio focused on helping education
technology companies catalyze growth. He has been a disabilities advocate for decades and supports future business leaders with disabilities through the Riordan MBA Fellows Program at UCLA.

About the Authors
Alex Cannon

Manager, Content & Marketing

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Anna Jiang Edwards

Business Development Executive

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Lisa McIntyre-Hite, PhD

Business Development Executive

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"Traditional admissions requirements such as standardized admissions exams fail to capture the learning they have acquired while working and managing a family."

- Eloy Oakley, Chancellor of California Community Colleges

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