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Required Reading in College

Posted by in Accommodations & Assistive Technology

Assigned reading is a dreaded task that many students with learning differences try to avoid at all cost.  While some students might enjoy a good fiction novel from time to time, I have met only a few students both with and without learning differences who say they truly enjoy reading assigned readings from professors. No matter how “easy” of a read teachers claim the 1,000 page textbook is, students may find themselves struggling to fulfill the demands of required reading for all their classes and retain the important information. For…read more

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Walter and Marie Williams’ STEPP Program

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When students are diagnosed with a learning disability they often have a limited amount of accommodations and support offered to them in school. From the time they are diagnosed to the day they graduate high school, the typical support they receive is governed by a 504 plan or IEP. This requires a meeting with teachers and parents each year to discuss with the student what is needed for him/her to be successful throughout the year. After the meeting, school professionals are required to assist students with the determined accommodations and…read more

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Undecided Major

Posted by in Arriving at College

From early in our lives to the first couple years in college we are asked the same basic question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”  During our whole school career we are encouraged to figure out our life plan, and if we don’t have one, we are labeled as unprepared for the future. However, in reality, figuring out what you want to do for the rest of your life is a scary and difficult task to undertake and requires some serious evaluation and careful research. It…read more

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Mid-Semester Organization Tips

Posted by in Classes

In the middle of most semesters I find myself unorganized, with stray papers in every nook and cranny of my room, book bag, and sometimes under my bed. No matter how organized I am at the beginning of the semester, I always end up searching my room for ten minutes trying to find last night’s Spanish homework in a pile of papers.  But I eventually figured out a system for when I get in this state of chaos. There are steps I learned to take that help get me back…read more

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Becca’s Story

Posted by in Contributor Biographies

My name is Becca, and I am from Clayton, Delaware. I’m 19 years old and currently in my sophomore year of college at East Carolina University. I was diagnosed in the fifth grade with dyslexia after much confusion and many tests. My major is psychology with a minor in sociology. Right now I’m not sure what exactly I want to do after college. If possible, I would love to work with students who have learning differences in some way. Majoring in psychology seemed like a good choice for getting me closer to that goal.

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