Accomodating change

A complete copy of “Accommodating College Students with Learning Disabilities: ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia,” is available for download as an Adobe Acrobat file compatible with Adobe Reader.

Universities are providing extra time on tests, quiet exam rooms, in-class note-takers, and other assistance to college students with modest learning disabilities. This paper, “Accommodating College Students with Learning Disabilities: ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia,” by Melana Zyla Vickers, examines the nature of this assistance and discusses the policy questions it raises.

There is a strong relationship between a student’s academic career and his or her experience with mental illness.

Students with psychiatric disabilities typically experience periods of wellness and periods of relapse while they’re at university.

Discrimination makes it hard for students to look for help.

Her previous report for the Pope Center was “An Empty Room of One’s Own.” Hard copies are available from the Pope Center at no charge.Their academic performance often mirrors this pattern.They may manage well for months or for years, then suddenly will have difficulty with their studies.On the other hand, if a student needs a memory aid (e.g., list of formulas for math or historical dates for art history) during exams because of memory problems, and the purpose of the course is not to test memory, then this accommodation would be a reasonable one.Without needing to know the diagnosis, instructors should be encouraged by administration to problem solve with you.

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