Three Questions to Ask About College Disability Services

“How does the disability service office collaborate with other parts of the school? A disability service office that finds ways to collaborate with academic departments, clubs, or other offices within the university will engage more students and encourage them to see the disability service as an important part of their campus life and experience. These partnerships create opportunities for students to see the disability service office as a place for community and engaging activities, which allows students to explore their disability identities and share their experiences with others.”

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Dyslexia Reading Disorder Not Caused by Vision Problems, New Research Shows

“We want to spread the word that if you look at a whole population of children with dyslexia, very few of them have vision problems,” study co-author Dr. Cathy Williams of the University of Bristol said.

“Some practitioners feel that vision impairments may be associated with dyslexia and should be treated. However, our study results show that the majority of dyslexic children have entirely normal vision on the tests we used.”

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Charley Boorman: Racing to Spread a Better Understanding of Learning Differences

“At the time when I was going to school in Ireland people didn’t really have a clue about what it was, so I had to spend a lot of my time trying to explain to teachers what dyslexia meant,” he says. “I found I was being pushed to one side and I was being ear-marked as being thick, which is a very damaging thing to be told as a young kid.”

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Ask A Lawyer! When The Going Gets Tough…

“Keep pushing until you get answers. If they will not evaluate your child, or they don’t seem to take your concerns seriously, put them in writing, and let them know you will be consulting an attorney. If you still don’t get satisfaction, consider hiring an attorney who can oversee the process, contact the school on your behalf, and attend IEP meetings with you.”

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Jack Horner and Jurassic Park

“I don’t want people to think that I encourage my undergraduate and graduate students to avoid reading books, writing papers, or getting college degrees, because I don’t. I do, however, encourage different methods of learning and thinking. I don’t give memory tests; I give exams where both critical and synthetic thinking are necessary. I give plenty of reading (or books on tape) assignments, and have extremely high expectations of student essays and other written documents. Nearly all of my students are either honors students, or graduate students in paleontology, which bears the prerequisite of being competent readers and writers. I believe strongly in high academic standards, but I am willing to offer my students flexibility in meeting them.”

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Using Dance As Language When Challenged With Dyslexia: Aakash Odedra

“Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Aakash found conventional education at school very challenging. He felt defined by his learning difficulties, but not his abilities. As written language was so alien, dance became his preferred mode of expression”

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