Supporting Adult Learners with Special Needs

Lecturer iconKris Loy (Ms)
Course Duration: 14 hours
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For groups of at least 15 people, customised run dates are available, contact us via the form below for more details. 

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This course focuses on building inclusivity which is one of the critical core skills identified by SkillsFuture Singapore. This would also prepare the adult educators, organisations and workforce to understand persons with disabilities in the learning environment and how to conduct learning to support them in learning in light of the enactment of workplace fairness legislation in second half of 2024.


This session will be conducted face-to-face at IAL. More details on participating in the session will be send to the confirmed registrants.

What Is The Session About?

The 2-day course aims to increase awareness and provide practical strategies for Adult Educators (Primary Facilitators, Courseware Developers and Assessors) in supporting adult learning with disabilities and other conditions who may face learning challenges. Participants will gain insights into various disabilities and other conditions, learning challenges, and inclusive support techniques tailored to adult learners.

What Does The Session Cover?

Day 1 of the course covers an introduction to adult learners with disabilities, exploring their characteristics, types of disabilities, and the impact of these conditions on learning. The session also addresses barriers to learning and inclusion, including common obstacles, societal stigma, and legal frameworks supporting inclusive education.

Day 2 emphasises strategies for inclusive adult education, discussing universal design, assistive technology, and creating an inclusive environment. The course concludes with a session on empathy and effective support, highlighting the importance of understanding and providing emotional and practical assistance to adult learners with disabilities.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Recognise the types of disabilities defined in Singapore and learning challenges commonly faced by adult learners
Identify the specific needs and characteristics of adult learners with disabilities and persons with conditions who face learning challenges
Identify the impact of disabiltiies and learning challenges of adult learners during the learning process
Provide the required support to help adult learners with disabilities and other conditions to improve their learning process by developing an action plan on what can be done differently for learning materials, facilitation, and assessment process to support learners with special needs.

Who Is It Suitable For?

  • Adult Educators, Support Staff, Employers, and anyone who are interested to have awareness of adult learners with disabilities and other condiitons who may face learning challenges.

Course Funding and Policies


Please proceed to make payment via eNets/credit card (VISA or MasterCard) at the end of the registration process. Kindly note that the system will automatically cancel the registration if full payment has not been successfully processed by 11.59pm (Singapore Time) on the same day of the registration. You will have to reapply for the course, subject to availability of vacancy at the point of your re-registration.

Additional Funding Available, If Applicable

Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit which can be used to offset the selected programmes' fees for self-sponsored registrations only.

Please note the submission period for your SFC claim via MySkillsFuture needs to be within 60 days before the course start date (date inclusive). If your course start date is more than 60 days from the date of SFC application, the SSG-SFC portal would reject your application. In this case, you would need to pay the full course fees at the end of your course application.

This course is UTAP funded too!


Request for rescheduling must be submitted to IAL 2 weeks before the commencement of programme. Reschedule requests that come mid-way through training has to be supported by valid reasons; substantiated by references as evidence; such as a doctor's note; or a hospitalization chit.

Please submit your request to reschedule your course at here. A non-refundable administrative fee of S$54.00 w/GST ($50) applies for the request and the next available slot will be offered


Request for withdrawal from a programme is subjected to review by IAL and the decision is final. IAL reserves the right to request for supporting document(s). A non-refundable administration fee of S$54.00 w/GST ($50) is applicable for withdrawal request. If the withdrawal notice is given less than 2 weeks before the programme start date, the paid fees will not be refunded.

Corporate Run

For dedicated corporate runs with a contract signed with IAL, billing and payment will follow the terms of the signed contract. Otherwise, payment would be expected upon registration.

About The Speaker

Kris Loy (Ms)

Kris Loy (Ms)

Learning Facilitator and Consultant

Kris is a seasoned professional with over 24 years of expertise in HR development, business advisory and consultancy, and adult education. Her multifaceted roles include serving as facilitator, courseware developer, and consultant across training providers. Her recent engagements include contributing to a focal agency in Singapore as an associate assessor, facilitator, and consultant, focusing on inclusive employability. Additionally, she holds an adjunct lecturer position for a Master's programme at a local university. Kris' leadership extends further as she assumes the co-chair position at IAL’s AEN Special Interest Group, emphasising the importance of critical core skills in the Adult Education community.

Her collaborative efforts span various sectors, including continuing education and training, early childhood care, construction, food services, hospitality, landscape, private education, retail, accounting, and transport. Particularly noteworthy is her decade-long commitment to supporting the retail sector's people development needs through tailored education and training programmes. Kris has been actively involved in workplace learning and related initiatives, contributing significantly to over 40 projects across sectors in the last 8 years. Being ACTA/DACE certified, she is also involved in WSQ courseware development for various sectors, including interaction skills to commuters with special needs in the public transport sector and critical core skills development for human resource sector.

Kris brings a wealth of qualifications to her practice, with certifications such as IHRP Certified Professional, Certified Career Practitioner and Singapore Certified Management Consultant. She holds degrees including a Master of Arts in Lifelong Learning (IOE, UCL), a Graduate Diploma in System Analysis (ISS, NUS) and Bachelor of Science in Management (UOM). Her commitment to professional development is evident through certifications as a Workplace Learning Specialist, Specialist Adult Educator, and roles as an AE Mentor and Career Advisor, guiding professionals in the TAE sector. Past appointments as a SkillsFuture Mentor and Business Advisor (with ESG) underscore her extensive contributions to SMEs. Kris’ diverse skills set, coupled with her dedication to continuous learning and mentoring, positions her as a dynamic force in HR development, adult education, and consultancy.