Landmark College — America’s leading college for students with language-based learning disabilities, ADHD and ASD — is bringing its expertise to the West Coast this summer in a rigorous 5-day workshop at the University of California Berkeley.
This is a great explanation of the difference between modifications and accommodations. It is important to note that we are moving through a transition period in the way special education instruction is being implemented. Many districts have recognized what Dr. Crawford refers to as 'learned helplessness' through unnecessary modifications. Districts are now improving their programming, but we are left trying to transition students into post-secondary education who have been educated using these unnecessary modifications.
This is a great video to watch that defines what learning disabilities are. It is important to note that students with learning disabilities do have average intelligence, they just have a "glitch" or two in the learning process!
It's back to school, and some of our students are making the big leap from high school to college. From this oldie-but-goodie, check out these College Tips for students with LD:
- Reduced Courseload - Note-Taker (easier to get than high school) - Study Early - Mnemonics - memory tricks - Weekly and Monthly Calendar for Assignments - Flashcards (we like Flashcard Exchange or Quizlet) - Books on Tape - Don't Work During School Year - Make Wise Decisions Re: Teachers and Classes
Regarding the latter: "Several of the participants also mentioned what may be labeled an 'underground network,' a system of checking with other students about professors from whome they should take classes. They tried to find professors who were fair, who would make the necessary accommodations for students with learning disabilities, and whose lectures were keyed to the assigned text. The option of selecting these professors was possible because participants attended a large university. At a smaller college, fewer choices exist."
Nowadays, students have sites like Ratemyprofessor.com and sometimes student review guides that anonymously give reviews of different profs. It also pays to see the length of reading list and required writing.
Jen Staidl's insight:
Although this article may be geared more toward the student, we as instructors can pick up on this information to assist our students so that they may achieve success!
"College can be a daunting place for a student with a learning disability, but those who enroll in a special program at Notre Dame College receive intensive services that help them succeed. Students are tutored at least four hours a week by adults with professional degrees, meet with learning specialists and are offered career services and help with time management and study and organizational skills."
Jen Staidl's insight:
Success stories! Many times after students leave high school they are left to flounder in post-secondary education because higher education disability service programs are not specific enough to their individual needs. This is an insightful story on how Notre Dame assisted students in their success!
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