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Required Reading in College

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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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Study Apps

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Studying can be hard for anyone, but especially if you have a learning difference, and in college simply going over your notes before a test just isn’t going to be enough to make good grades. Fortunately, there are study apps out there to help you be a more actively engaged studier. Here are some very easy and helpful study apps that you might want to check out to make your study sessions more productive as well as help you be better prepared for tests. My favorite of all the study…read more

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North Carolina Public Universities’ Disability Support

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A lot of times students simply don’t know how to get involved with their school’s disability support services because not all colleges do a great job of advertising them. Then on top of that, many students feel too shy or self-conscious to talk about their learning differences with advisers or other academic personnel. But fortunately all public North Carolina universities have disability support that you can take advantage of if you are eligible. Below I have listed all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities with links to their disability support…read more

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Smart Pens

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Have you ever been in a lecture taking notes and found that the professor or guest speaker talks way too fast? I always get caught up in trying to write down every word and end up missing something important in my class lectures. Now one solution to this problem would be to interrupt the teacher and ask him or her to repeat what you missed. But really, how rude is that?! If only there was some way to just go back in time and hear that part of the lecture…read more

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Universities’ Support Services

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Many high school students today are worried about getting the same or similar accommodations in college that they received in high school. While these are very legitimate concerns, students can relax thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2006, which states that all universities must provide accommodations to their students. However, they  may not be exactly the kind you are used to. All public universities have some sort of disability support. At my school, East Carolina University, we have an office called Disability Support Services (DSS). DSS is…read more

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TEXTHELP Read and Write Gold

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Do any of these sound like you? I understand my textbooks better when I listen to them than when I read them. I spend a lot of time traveling on the road and would like to read or get schoolwork done, but I get carsick. I like reading books, but my eyes get too tired to focus on the words after a while. TEXTHELP is a company that makes different programs to assist people with learning differences. Read and Write Gold is one of their programs which offers several ways…read more

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