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Posted Dec 15, 2001 at 2:40:07 PM
Subject: L.D. student looking for a college

HELP! MY DAUGHTER WILL GRADUATE IN JUNE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A COLLEGE THAT WILL MEET HER NEEDS . SHE HAS A LEARNING DISABILITY BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP HER FROM BEING THE FIRST STUDENT WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY TO BE INDUCTED INTO HER HIGH SCHOOL'S HONOR SOCIETY. SHE HAS WORKED SO HARD AND NOW IS READY FOR COLLEGE. (SO SHE THINKS.) WHAT SCHOOLS IN OHIO OR WESTERN PA. HAVE THE BEST PROGRAMS FOR L.D. STUDENTS? THANK YOU, BEVERLY

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Posted:Dec 15, 2001 9:43:58 PM

I like the K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities as one place to look for suggestions - especially if you're specifically looking for programs for ld students. You could get it at any library or good bookstore.

I would also get that quickly as many colleges want applications in before Jan. 1 if she is hoping to enroll in September. Another option is always to attend a local college or community college while making a careful decision about what college to attend later as a transfer student.

Congratulations to your daughter!

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Posted:Dec 16, 2001 8:49:50 PM

Hello Sara
Thank you for your suggestions. I guess what i really wanted is to hear from someone with a learning disability that is enrolled at a college and could give me first hand information. I really want Lisa Marie to start at a small school put she doesn't want to hear of it. I guess she thinks she will be invisible on a large campus and no one will know her secret. I have checked out the guides at the library and looked up college's web pages. All the programs sound good but do they really work? I guess as the time draws closer I am just getting scared. This is my baby we are talking about . I wish I had her confidence. thanks again for your time and thoughts. Beverly

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Posted:Dec 17, 2001 9:25:42 AM

Hi,
I just graduated from college 6 months ago. I am LD (probably NLD).

Academics were never *really* the problem for me, it was more the organization and execution. College was nice because we didn't have to do a lot of the busy-work, (make diaramas, cutesy posters, etc.). Plus, my school was small enough that I could talk to the individual professors about accomodations I might need (took a couple of essay exams on the computer, for example).

I liked college better for a number of reasons, one of the foremost being fewer classes each day, and a more spread out schedule. That meant I had more time to complete assignments, and if I forgot something in my dorm-room, I could go back and get it.

I agree with you that smaller is generally better, especially when the school is small enough for you to be able to talk to your individual professor.

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Posted:Dec 17, 2001 10:45:26 AM

I don't have direct experience, but have heard from other parents that in Ohio two colleges that work well with LD students are Ohio Wesleyan and Muskingum College. Good luck.

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Posted:Dec 17, 2001 6:00:45 PM

How much support has she been getting? If she's determined to keep her LD a secret she may have to learn a few lessons the hard way -- which just means to plan for that and make the cost of those lessons as cheap (financially and otherwise) as possible. On the other hand, "keeping the secret" can be a *very* strong motivator for some... especially if they already have ideas about what they're going to have to do (like plan ahead a *lot* more than other students, since most of 'em just can't get away wiht the last-minute cramming or grinding out that paper).

There's an excellent video on the transition to college with interviews from half a dozen real folks, put out by eaton-coull (check the "LD Store" on this site, it's listed, I'm pretty sure).

What are her main learnign issues? Reading, organizing??

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Posted:Dec 20, 2001 1:41:00 PM

Congratulations! Hopefully I'll be able to say my daughter graduated from college some day soon. Just wondering, what was your major?

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Posted:Dec 21, 2001 10:30:16 AM

I am a researcher born and bred (just don't tell me to organize my desk!)

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Posted:Dec 25, 2001 9:07:51 PM

Hello

My name is Jacob, I am a Psychology Student at Dalhousie University in Halafax NS Canada.

I went to High School in Statesboro GA. I raduated in 1997, I had an SAT score of 570.

You need a 1200 SAT score to get into Dalhousie University, but SAT scores dont mean a thing. I am a fighter, I dont listen to negative people.

Dalhousie University is the top University in Canada. I am the Communications Officer for the Disability Center.

I was diagnosed with LD when I was 14, I was recently tested again, and I no longer have LD.

I think Dalhousie University would be a great University for you. We have a great disability center on Campus.

I scan all my books on a computer, the computer reads to me. It does not atter if you cant read well.

If you need any info, email me or visit the Dal website. www.dal.ca

Merry Christmas

Jacob

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Posted:Dec 25, 2001 9:07:53 PM

Hello

My name is Jacob, I am a Psychology Student at Dalhousie University in Halafax NS Canada.

I went to High School in Statesboro GA. I raduated in 1997, I had an SAT score of 570.

You need a 1200 SAT score to get into Dalhousie University, but SAT scores dont mean a thing. I am a fighter, I dont listen to negative people.

Dalhousie University is the top University in Canada. I am the Communications Officer for the Disability Center.

I was diagnosed with LD when I was 14, I was recently tested again, and I no longer have LD.

I think Dalhousie University would be a great University for you. We have a great disability center on Campus.

I scan all my books on a computer, the computer reads to me. It does not atter if you cant read well.

If you need any info, email me or visit the Dal website. www.dal.ca

Merry Christmas

Jacob


Sue J wrote:
>
> How much support has she been getting? If she's determined
> to keep her LD a secret she may have to learn a few lessons
> the hard way -- which just means to plan for that and make
> the cost of those lessons as cheap (financially and
> otherwise) as possible. On the other hand, "keeping the
> secret" can be a *very* strong motivator for some...
> especially if they already have ideas about what they're
> going to have to do (like plan ahead a *lot* more than other
> students, since most of 'em just can't get away wiht the
> last-minute cramming or grinding out that paper).
>
> There's an excellent video on the transition to college with
> interviews from half a dozen real folks, put out by
> eaton-coull (check the "LD Store" on this site, it's listed,
> I'm pretty sure).
>
> What are her main learnign issues? Reading, organizing??

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Posted:Dec 27, 2001 11:19:43 AM

Dear all,

We too are looking for an appropriate college for our son. His learning disabilities include sequential memory problems, visual processing problems and some writing struggles. Thankfully, reading is not an issue for him, but organization is. Did I say he is also diagnosed with ADHD? Anyway, we're looking for a small liberal arts college that provides lots of support and supervision for kids with learning differences close to Philadelphia where we live. Any ideas out there?

Thanks!

Penny Colgan-Davis

PS I just ran into the parent of a child I had known in middle school who had many learning struggles, and her mom said she'd had a great time at Curry College, had graduated and was now on her own working in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, Curry is too far for our son, he says, but it might be just the place for someone else's child.

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Posted:Dec 27, 2001 3:34:41 PM

I have been told that Marshall University in Huntington, WV, has a program for college age dyslexics. I called them and they gave me suggestions for helping my middle school age son.

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Posted:Dec 28, 2001 8:59:26 AM

Hi,

You've received many responses. If you were not given the name of Muskingum College in New Concord, OH. you should look into their program called the PLUS program. Our son graduated recently from this college. He is a student with LD. We found the school to be excellent in many ways. Speak with Jen Navicky about their program and by all means visit the campus. Good luck to you.

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Posted:Jan 07, 2002 9:51:34 AM

I work in the Learning Center at Bethany College in the northern panhandle of WV (about 40 miles from Pittsburgh, PA). We are a small, liberal arts college, and we have a department dedicated to the education and support of students with Learning Disabilities. I believe that it would be worth your time to look into the college and the Special Advising department. You can contact the Admission Office at 1-800-922-7611 or check the website at www.bethanywv.edu. Please request information about the college and ask for an appointment with Becky Pauls, the Director of Special Advising and Academic Services. If you would like to speak with Becky, her direct telephone number is 304-829-7400. Right now, the college has a two-week J-term schedule, and all the instructors are not on campus. After January 21, the class schedule will return to normal, and you will be able to contact Becky then. If you are unable to reach her, my number is 304-829-7539; I also work in the department. Come and visit with us!!! We'd love to meet you.

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Posted:Jan 09, 2002 4:53:12 PM

Jacob,
You are a courageous and tenacious individual. Hats off to you! My son, also named Jacob, is a struggling High School Junior here in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been in the gifted and talented program since third grade, and a member of MENSA since the 4th grade. His GPA is a 1.0/4.0. He cannot get organized, has difficulty remembering to do things, and cannot stay on task. He wants to go to college, but has no clue what he wants to do, where he wants to go, or even if there is a school that will accept him. Can you help me (him) with this by sharing your experiences with us?
Gratefully,
Daniel J. Schultz, PhD
"Dan"

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Posted:Mar 16, 2002 12:04:09 PM

Hi!

Which college did you go to? My son is exceptionally bright but has execution/organiztion issues and a disorder of written expression. Thanks,

Helayne

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