Students with learning disabilities comprise the largest category of all students with disabilities attending college. This permanent disorder does not impair the normally average to above average IQ of these students, but it does mean that different teaching/learning strategies may be needed.
A student with a diagnosed learning disability (LD) who has been to SLDS will present an Authorized Access Plan to the faculty member. This is the instructor's assurance that a diagnosis has been made by qualified personnel. The faculty and student then arrange to meet the accommodations. SLDS may assist in accommodations, for example, the student may take tests in the SLDS Testing Lab when extra time or a reader or scribe is needed.
Referral for LD Testing
Students often refer themselves or at least inquire about LD testing. Faculty are also in a position to observe learning behaviors that may be signs of a learning disability. LD affects how a person perceives, retains, or expresses information. This may affect the ability to read, write, speak, or perform calculations. If some of the following signs are persistent, SLDS can help with a referral to a LD Specialist or psychologist for assessment. Some common signs include:
- Difficulty focusing attention
- Time disorientation
- Consistent reversal of letters, words, or numbers
- Inappropriate social behavior
- Poor comprehension of written or oral instructions
- Poor performance despite good preparation
The Office for Disability Services provides individualized and flexible accommodations and support services for students with disabilities. Student documentation is reviewed and eligibility for service determined. Confidentiality is maintained. The student informs faculty of any special needs. SLDS staff members are trained and knowledgeable to assist students and faculty on issues of academic adjustment, learning strategies, advocacy skills and transition from high school to college and into employment.
Coordinator - Michelle McGregor
The Office for Disability Services is located in:
279 Ovalwood Hall
1760 University Drive
Mansfield, OH 44906-1535