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Students With Disabilities

Dyslexia: Programs help people read at any age
The Daily Courier - Dec 21, 2017
At age 34, Jonathan Ogden is finally learning to read. Growing up mostly in Prescott Valley, Ogden dropped out of school midway through seventh grade, frustrated and angry with himself for not being able to learn like most his peers.t..
How to Prepare for College When You Have a Disability
Her Campus - Dec 10, 2017
If you have a disability, planning to attend college might seem like a nightmare — but in reality, with a bit of preparation, you can do anything you put your mind to. It’s important to know your rights as a disabled student..
When Dyslexic Students Are Denied In School
NPR.org - Dec 5, 2017
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting up to 17 percent of the population, who have difficulty reading, writing and spelling. Recognizing dyslexia in students who are just learning to read can be difficult..
Graduation Rate Improves For Students With Disabilities
Disability Scoop - Dec 5, 2017
New federal data indicates that the high school graduation rate for students with disabilities is trending upward...
OPINION: Dyslexia Is Very Treatable. So Why Aren't We Helping More Kids?
WBUR.org - Nov 28, 2017
'They know I struggle, but they don't help me.' Matthew, a recently evaluated fifth-grader, explains his frustration with reading and school. His story is mirrored in countless others we've witnessed as educational consultants. A high school senior was denied an athletic scholarship....
These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don't help them go to college
Hechinger Report - Dec 2, 2017
For students with disabilities, completing high school does not always lead to greater opportunity.....
OPINION: Dyslexia Is Very Treatable. So Why Aren’t We Helping More Kids?
WBUR.org - Nov 28, 2017
“They know I struggle, but they don’t help me.” Matthew, a recently evaluated fifth-grader, explains his frustration with reading and school. His story is mirrored in countless others we've witnessed as educational consultants. A high school senior was denied an athletic scholarship....
OPINION: Fearful that they will be seen as ‘lazy’ or ‘unintelligent,’ most college students with disabilities don’t seek accommodation
Hechinger Report - Nov 28, 2017
Our education system sends the one in five children with learning and attention issues into the world without the skills they need to succeed. These students are as smart as their peers but they are surrounded by the false perception that they are lazy and incapable. ....
STUDENT VOICE: How one college student found success by “leaning in” to dyslexia
Hechinger Report - Nov 14, 2017
Here’s the biggest misconception about learning disabilities and mental illness: That you grow out of them and they go away. The truth is you can’t outgrow these things. What you can do is learn methods to cope.....
The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree
Hechinger Report - Nov 11, 2017
About a third of the students with disabilities who enroll in a four-year college or university graduate within eight years. For those who enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data.....
Almost all students with disabilities are capable of graduating on time. Here’s why they’re not.
Hechinger Report - Nov 3, 2017
a teenager, Michael McLaughlin wanted to go to college. He had several disabilities, including dyslexia and bipolar disorder, which threatened to make the road ahead more difficult.....
How well does your state support children with dyslexia?
Hechinger Report - Oct 25, 2017
For more than 40 years, federal law has required schools to identify and evaluate students with dyslexia and to provide them with an appropriate education. But in many states across the country that’s not happening, according to an examination by APM Reports.....
The Education Department phased out 72 policy documents for disabled students. Here’s why.
Washington Post - Oct 23, 2017
The Education Department said Monday its rollback of 72 special education policy guidance documents will have no effect on services provided to students with disabilities, whose advocates expressed alarm at the revisions....
Author, a ‘proud dyslexic,’ helps break the ice about this different way of learning
OCRegister - Oct 23, 2017
Kindergarten, with its focus on art and creativity, was ecstasy for young John Rodrigues. Every grade after that was nightmarish. Growing up in Fullerton, he struggled with mainstream education ...
How Disabled Students Benefit From Assistive Technology In Classrooms
IB Times - Oct 23, 2017
Technology has modernized the system of education for students with various disabilities, making it easier for them to keep up with academic curriculums and even compete with their peers in classrooms....
College Websites Must Accommodate Disabled, Lawsuits Say
New York Times - Oct 11, 2017
The lawsuits came one after the other, against Fordham, Manhattan College, Long Island University and other area colleges and universities. In all, eight suits have been filed in federal court in Manhattan over the past two weeks, most recently against Hofstra University on Long Island on Oct. 4. In each case...
Students with disabilities find path for success at Saint Mary’s
East Nay Times - Oct 10, 2017
Through hard work, determination, and some help and encouragement, Kindlelon “Kobie” Respicio says that people with learning and physical disabilities can be high achievers in life....
Learning disabilities aren't insurmountable, if parents stay involved
Pueblo Chieftain - Sep 24, 2017
Getting children with learning and attention issues the help they need from school districts can be a painstaking process, but parents who have been through it before can save the unitiated at least a little bit of hassle.....
College Admissions: Strategies for ADD/ADHD and LD Students
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 11, 2017
For students with learning disabilities (LDs), finding the right college can be a difficult task. Most estimates put the attrition rate for LD and ADD/ADHD students in college at about 50%. It’s a staggering statistic that too many parents discover after the failure has occurred. The most important factor in success for LD students is early diagnosis and intervention...
How American schools fail kids with dyslexia
Hechinger Report  - Sep 11, 2017
One in five American school children has a hard time learning to read. Many of these kids have dyslexia. There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn,..
The 5 Best Jobs for People With ADD and ADHD
TIME  - Sep 11, 2017
A common scapegoat for the bored, forgetful, and disorganized, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are referenced so frequently (and often flippantly) that a diagnosis can seem more colloquial than medical. But for roughly 4% of adults, it's a serious neurological condition..
Getting into College with a Learning Disability
TAPinto  - Aug 31, 2017
I’m proud to tell you that our daughter got a perfect score on the SATs. She wants to go to an Ivy League school or the equivalent, but we have no idea if she’ll get into any of those schools because she has a learning disability.....
I go to a top university, known for its research in disabilities. Yet students like me are an afterthought.
Washington Post  - May 12, 2017
I would glance into these windows and see my walk, a stride that is slightly off balance and resembles that of a drunk person. .....
Students Engaged by Visit from Middlesex County College Admissions Counselor
TaoInfo  - May 11, 2017
PISCATAWAY, NJ - Students at Nuview Academy Annex (NAA) learned a great deal about Middlesex County College and its support services for students with special needs, as a result of a visit from Admissions Counselor Desiree Brower. .....
The Path to Higher Education With an Intellectual Disability
The Atlantic - May 1, 2017
CLEMSON, South Carolina-Like many college students pestered by nosy relatives, Sydney Davis, a sophomore, is not exactly forthcoming when her boyfriend comes up in conversation. The couple has been together two years, Davis says with the exasperated tone of a young adult clearly trying to change the subject.....
Students with Disabilities Share Experiences at College Forum
SUNY Cortland News - Apr 4, 2017
SUNY Cortland sophomore Skye Malik knows firsthand that dyslexia doesn’t have to stop people from reaching their goals. As a high school student, Malik founded The Paco Project, named for her grandfather, Leo “Paco” Corey, who is dyslexic. Corey didn’t finish high school and never attended college ...
Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?
Hechinger Report - Mar 1, 2017
BlOOMFIELD, N.J. — When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special education students and general education students. Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, ....
Students with Learning Disabilities Can Secure Scholarships for College
US News - Feb 23, 2017
College – and paying for it – is tough enough for students who don't face the challenges of physical or learning disabilities. But neither these disabilities nor financial barriers should prevent deserving students from pursuing college....
Harvard officials allegedly stole $110,000 meant for students with disabilities
The Christian Science Monitor - Mar 1, 2017
Two former Harvard Law School administrators have been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an account meant to help students with disabilities. ...
How Teacher Training Hinders Special-Needs Students
The Atlantic - Mar 1, 2017
BLOOMFIELD, N.J.—When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special-education students and general-education students. ...
More students with disabilities going to college
NorthJersey.com - Feb 10, 2017
When she arrived at Bergen Community College last September, Rachel Bowers felt overwhelmed. "I didn't know what building to go to or where I was supposed to be," recalled the 19-year-old from New Milford, who is intellectually disabled. "It was pretty scary for me."..
Teens with disabilities navigate college prep
Magic Valley - Feb 10, 2017
TWIN FALLS — As a first-generation college student, Kylee Solberg had a lot to figure out on her own. But she earned a full-tuition scholarship for two years to North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. And she’ll graduate from Boise State University next year with a bachelor’s degree and no debt...
Supreme Court to decide: What level of education do public schools legally owe to students with disabilities?
Washington Post - Jan 10, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over the level of education that public schools must provide to millions of children with disabilities, a case advocates describe as the most significant special-education...
Students with learning disabilities can now easily ask for testing accommodations
KXAN - Jan 10, 2017
This month, Austin Independent School District sophomores are getting their PSAT scores, a test students take to help prepare for the SAT. It can be an intimidating exam for any student, but even more so if you have a learning disability....
College Board accommodation request process disables early admission
US News - Jan 4, 2017
It’s no secret that getting into college is more competitive than ever. For the 61,739 blind/legally blind students across America, the path to acceptance may be further complicated by the bureaucracy of the very organization responsible for the tests used to gauge applicant suitability. The College Board...
7 Scholarship Opportunities for Students With Physical Disabilities
US News - Dec 29, 2016
Physical disabilities no longer present the barriers to education they once did. More than 11 percent of students at U.S. postsecondary institutions have physical disabilities, according to available data from the National Center for Education Statistics.. ..
Students with disabilities can thrive on college campuses
The Oklahoman - Dec 29, 2016
University of Oklahoma sophomore Ricarda Urso, 20, keeps her calendar filled. There's the volunteer work, including serving as a mentor for Young Life ministries, and working at least 20 hours a week at Taco Bell. ..
Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond
NPR.org - Dec 18, 2016
Colin Ozeki, 17, doesn't like to sugarcoat how autism spectrum disorder has affected his interactions with others, his emotions and his own self-confidence. ..
Finally, the College Board makes it easier for students with disabilities to get SAT accommodations
Washington Post - Dec 2, 2016
For many years, students with disabilities and their counselors often complained about how hard it is to win testing accommodations during the administration of the SAT, Advanced Placement and other standardized exams from the College Board. ...
How to Prepare for College When You Have a Disability
Her Campus - Nov 23, 2016
If you have a disability, planning to attend college might seem like a nightmare — but in reality, with a bit of preparation, you can do anything you put your mind to. It’s important to know your rights as a disabled student and know what you have to do to get ready for the next stage in your life. ..
Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It
NPR.org - Nov 23, 2016
"It's frustrating that you can't read the simplest word in the world." Thomas Lester grabs a book and opens to a random page. He points to a word: galloping. ..
9 College Scholarships for Students With Learning Disabilities
TIME - Nov 7, 2016
ADHD, dyslexia, or autism can qualify you for some extra financial help. More than 6 million young Americans—about 13% of students—have been diagnosed with some sort of learning challenge that makes school more of a struggle for them ..
New Era for Disability Rights
Inside Higher Ed - Nov 7, 2016
Miami University in Ohio last month became the latest institution to overhaul its accessibility policies for people with disabilities. Within a year and a half, students there will receive personalized accessibility plans and encounter course materials, ..
College planning for students with disabilities
Mansfield News Journal - Nov 1, 2016
For families of children dealing with learning disabilities, much of the journey includes sleepless nights and frustrating days. While a diagnosis provides clarity, parents must then turn their attention to schooling, which from kindergarten to 12th grade means either an Individual Education Plan or 504 Plan ..
Financial aid for students with disabilities
NJ.com - Nov 1, 2016
It's not easy for anyone to pay for a college education. The costs of tuition, housing, board and other fees have continued to rise. More students are applying to colleges which means competition has risen. It is sometimes equally difficult for a student to deal with a physical, emotional or learning disability ..
Teen Finds Gap in College Access For Those With Disabilities
Women News - Oct 31, 2016
FREEHOLD, N.J. (WOMENSENEWS)- Growing up, there was never a question whether I was going to attend college. My family considers postsecondary education a must, and my good grades have been a steady indicator that college is the place for me. ..
The Road to Higher Education With an 'Invisible Disability'
The Atlantic  - Sep 20, 2016
Rae Jacobson said she flunked out of two colleges and worked several “crummy” jobs before enrolling at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, one of two U.S. schools that exclusively serve students with dyslexia and other learning differences (LDs)....
Eligible but got nothing: Hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities blocked from college aid
Hechinger Report  - Sep 20, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. — Wendy Thompson always knew she wanted her son to go to college, but she didn’t realize so many people would disagree. Her son was born with cerebral palsy, a disease that confines him to a wheelchair but has little impact on his academic abilities. He graduated from high school with a Regents diploma in 2013...
Here's How Schools Can Support Students' Mental Health
NPR.org  - Sep 20, 2016
About one in five children in the United States shows signs of a mental health disorder — anything from ADHD to eating disorders to suicide. And yet, as we've been reporting this month, many schools aren't prepared to work with these students. Often, there's been too little training in recognizing the problems, ..
College Admissions: Strategies for ADD/ADHD and LD Students
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 12, 2016
For students with learning disabilities (LDs), finding the right college can be a difficult task. Most estimates put the attrition rate for LD and ADD/ADHD students in college at about 50%. It’s a staggering statistic that too many parents discover after the failure has occurred. The most important factor in success for LD students is early diagnosis and intervention...
Making college work for students with autism (essay)
Inside Higher Ed  - Sep 13, 2016
For graduating high school seniors who are entering college this fall, it is an exciting time. Possibilities have been opened! Yet now new concerns arise: Have they chosen the right college? Will they thrive?..
For High School Students with ADHD, is College the Best Next Step?
HSCW Contributer Blog  - Aug 21, 2016
The transition from high school to college can be challenging for any student. It can be particularly stressful for students affected by Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The good news is that students with ADHD are attending college in record numbers and achieving success. How do you help determine whether college is the next best step?..
High school students with learning disabilities get taste of college life in Leesburg program
Orlando Sentinel  - Aug 19, 2016
LEESBURG — An educational summer adventure at Beacon College in Leesburg brought together 34 high school students with learning disabilities to get a taste of what college life is all about...
Escaping the Disability Trap
The Atlantic  - Jun 14, 2016
Today, more than 1 million students are trapped in an education system that wasn’t built for them. That system wasn’t designed to accommodate their disabilities—the kinds of intellectual, cognitive, communicative, and physical conditions that often conjure images of people reliant on wheelchairs and aides ..
ACT Announces Easier Accommodation Process for Students with Disabilities, International College Counselors Weighs In
Press Release - Jun 15, 2016
The ACT has taken steps to make it easier for students with diagnosed disabilities to get accommodations on its college-entrance exam. The new “user friendly” system is active this month, according to the ACT.....
Students on the autism spectrum are often as smart as their peers — so why do so few go to college?
Hechinger Report  - Apr 28, 2016
It sounds awfully nice: A yearlong postponement of schoolwork. The White House announced on Sunday that Malia Obama, the president’s older daughter, would be among the thousands of students to take a so-called gap year between high school and college....
What happens to Special Needs students after high school?
Seattle Times  - Jan 13, 2016
For decades the state has tracked what happens to its special-needs students after they leave high school. But to what end? What’s reasonable to expect for the kids with autism, learning disabilities like dyslexia or difficulty regulating emotions?....
Unique program at UA helps students with intellectual disabilities
Tucson News Now  - Jan 16, 2016
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Project Focus, a program at the University of Arizona, is giving students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to attend college, learn life skills and develop skills to enter the workforce. ....
For Dyslexic Test-Takers, the New SAT Is Even Worse
Education News by Noodle - Nov 25, 2015
Advance reviews of the revised SAT are in — and things don’t look good for some students. The New York Times recently published an article that offered an early glimpse of the upcoming changes. With Common Core-inspired, evidence-based reading and writing sections and the elimination of penalties for guessing,....
College Admissions: Strategies for ADD/ADHD and LD Students
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Sep 21, 2015
or students with learning disabilities (LDs), finding the right college can be a difficult task. Most estimates put the attrition rate for LD and ADD/ADHD students in college at about 50%. It's a staggering statistic that too many parents discover after the failure has occurred.....
For students with learning disabilities, real life often is more satisfying than high school, study suggests
Seattle Times - Aug 28, 2015
Students with learning disabilities make up the largest slice of the special education pie (about 42 percent nationally), but their needs and capabilities often are misunderstood....
Student With Disabilities Face Added Layer of Issues in Transition to College
EdWeek (registration required)  - Jun 18, 2015
Brad McGaw knows that the move from high school to college will likely be a bit more challenging than for most seniors graduating this spring....
3 Challenges Facing Parents of Teens With Learning Disabilities
US News - May 18, 2015
Helping a child with a learning disability transition to life after high school can be a challenge for parents....
Ace the ACT: College Admissions Test Tips
ADDitude  - Feb 5, 2015
The SATs and ACT are, literally, rites of passage for most college-bound teens, and most students hate to think about taking them. The tests are challenging, so a little grousing is to be expected. ......
College Readiness for Individuals with Executive Functioning Deficits
TeenLife Blog  - Jan 8, 2015
It was not so long ago that individuals with executive functioning (EF) disorders, such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism, had a tough time finding a university setting that was a good match...
Colleges Respond to Growing Ranks of Learning Disabled
Washington Monthly - Feb 18, 2014
Endowed with a newfound freshman’s hunger for independence, Alix Generous thought she could conquer college without seeking help for the learning disabilities she had dealt with since she was 11. She was wrong.....
Advice for Applying to College When You Have a Learning Disability
True Admission Blog - Nov 12, 2013
Applying to college can seem complicated for all students, but if you have a learning disability or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, it can appear to be downright daunting. However, with careful planning and an understanding of how the process works ..
For Students With Disabilities, Career and Technical Education Programs Offer More Than Just a Trade
Huffington Post - Aug 19, 2013
Last month, leaders from the worlds of special education policy, research, and practice gathered in downtown Washington, D.C. for the annual IDEA Leadership Conference. The meeting's agenda featured a wide range of discussions about how various policies and programs- from preschool participation ...
Colleges for students with learning disabilitites
The College Solution  - May 24, 2013
Does your teenager have a learning disability? If so, the whole college process might seem even more daunting. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 11% of undergraduates have a disability and most of them are learning disabilities. ....
Evaluating a College’s Learning Disabilities Services
The College Solution  - May 28, 2013
The College Search for Students with Asperger's
True Admissions Blog  - Jan 22, 2013
College-bound students with Asperger's syndrome face special challenges. Educational psychologist Jane McClure joins us this month to discuss those challenges and how they can be met successfully. Read on for her advice about college visits, easing the transition from high school for such students and more:...
How Should Students With Disabilities Find the Right College?
US News & World Report - UNIGO  - Feb 7, 2012
More and more each year, colleges are adjusting to accommodate students with a diverse array of needs. However, students with learning or physical disabilities may have to do a little bit more research...
College application tips for disabled students
Chicago Tribune  - Feb 7, 2012
There are about 1.1 million physically disabled undergraduates in the U.S., according to Steve Kaye, research director of the Disability Statistics Center at the University of California at San Francisco, citing data from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau....
Coping with Disabilities in College
About.com - Jun 1, 2011
If you’ve got a teen with disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD or another disorder, then you already know all about IEPs and Section 504 plans. And you can probably rattle off the provisions of federal disability laws with the best of them. ...
College-bound kids with learning disabilities get help
USA Today - Aug 11, 2010
Unlike most high school kids her age, Stephanie Hunter spent the summer before her senior year in a classroom....
Navigating admissions with a learning disability
Washington Post - Aug 25, 2010
Here are seven things parents of college-bound students with learning challenges should start doing right away:...
Admissions 101: Recommend a College for Students With Special Needs
Washington Post  - Jun 2, 2009
Two years ago, Jay Mathews asked for recommendations on the best schools for students with special needs. No, not just learning disabilities. Jay was looking for everything from the best intramural sports programs to schools that were good at motivating under-motivated male students...

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