More Schools, Colleges Support Learning Disabilities

As early as the latest school semester, schools and colleges have started to support students with language-based learning disabilities.


Language-based learning disabilities refers to the various issues with ‘age-appropriate reading, writing and/or spelling.’ This learning disability doesn’t impair and/or change a person’s intelligence, as people with various degrees of intelligence do exhibit symptoms from the condition.


The signs and symptoms from language-based learning disabilities stem from difficulties with spoken and written language. Therefore, children and/or adults with language-based learning disabilities may exhibit symptoms similar to that of dyslexia and dysgraphia, in addition to difficulties with verbal-based communication.


Today’s colleges and schools are finding solutions to help support prospective and current students with these learning difficulties, providing them a chance to succeed in primary, secondary and higher education.


A higher solution


Students with learning disabilities, like the aforementioned, now have several support options in college and other higher education institutions.


As an example, colleges across the country have implemented special programs that support students with learning disabilities. Many of these college-level programs provide additional assistance through peer-to-peer tutoring, plentiful learning resources and direct support from educators.


Traditional universities and colleges, in fact, have opened supplemental programs for students with learning disabilities throughout the past two years, as recently as the current fall school semester. At least 350 programs now exist across the United States for students with learning disabilities.


The K&W Guide to College Programs for Students With Learning Disabilities or AD/HD currently publishes 362 comprehensive programs, as of this year.


Disability offices at various colleges and universities are also improving their services. Their non-profit services are now appearing at more campuses around the country, generally in the form of unaffiliated care centers.


Dedicated institutions who near-exclusively serve students with learning disabilities are also growing. Many, in fact, are introducing dedicated four-year degree programs for students.


Brent Betit, the co-founder of Landmark College in Vermont, commented in a recent interview that, ‘This is the best time [ever] for students who learn differently to go to college.’ Betit helped establish the Landmark College, a learning institution with a focus on aiding students with various learning disabilities.


Since then, Landmark College is one of many learning institutions with a focus on helping students with learning disabilities learn better.


Betit also mentioned that, ‘there are now better programs available than any time in the past.’ He attributed the growth of learning disability programs in higher education to the ‘entrepreneurial nature of the country,’ which allowed businesses to grow to accommodate the needs of learning-disabled students out there.


Several of these programs are hosted at the University of Arizona, Florida’s Lynn University and Beacon College, which also provides a comprehensive program for students with disabilities.


The costs of higher education


Although many higher learning institutions are now accommodating students with various language-based learning disabilities, parents and self-sufficient students face financial problems regarding the aforementioned programs.


Many programs for learning disabilities are non-profit and available at many higher learning institutions. Despite that, students and parents have to cover the costs that accumulate from a standard two-year or four-year degree.


For-profit providers, too, are causing financial issues for learning disabled students. There are a growing number of for-profit providers who charge more than $40,000 for their services. The growth of such services worry parents, students and educators who want to bring non-profit programs to learning-disabled students.


Students with learning disabilities, in fact, are generally a minority population at most four-year learning institutions. According to recent data from the National Center for Special Education Research, 19 percent of students with disabilities choose to enroll in a four-year college and/or university.


Due to this, there aren’t many specialized on-campus programs for students with language-based learning disabilities. These students usually don’t have the legal support to automatically gain learning assistance in college and/or other higher education institutions.


Although students have to face those difficulties, colleges and other learning institutions are now providing help to accommodate students with financial aid and other support for their studies.


The benefits of higher learning


In recent times, accommodating and treating students with learning disabilities has become easier for college-level educators.


Many schools like Dean College, near Boston, Massachusetts, have students arrive with undiagnosed or previously diagnosed learning disorders. To accommodate their student body, these learning institutions adapt.


Although these institution primarily offer regular college-level coursework, their supplemental academic coaching programs help learning disabled students keep up with their coursework. Many of these classes and programs are tailored to address a student’s learning challenges, which in turn, helps them overcome these challenges while enrolled.


Programs like these encourage students to work directly with professors to address their learning challenges. Modern technology also plays a role with higher education learning for learning-disabled students, as more devices make their way into the classroom.


In closing, support for students with language-based and other learning disabilities are now more prevalent in higher learning institutions. As technology advances, educators and students will find newer ways to successfully help them conquer learning challenges.

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