Learning Disabilities

A learning disability is defined as a persistent condition of presumed neurological dysfunction, which may exist with other disabling conditions. This dysfunction continues despite instruction in standard classroom situations. Adults with learning disabilities, a heterogeneous group, are characterized as having:

  • average to above average intellectual ability
  • severe processing deficit(s)
  • severe achievement-aptitude discrepancy(ies)
  • measured average achievement for age in at least one instructional area.

Students with learning disabilities mostly have average or above average intelligence, but they face problems with 'information processing'. Academic adjustments such as the way a course section is conducted, use of auxiliary equipment (such as taped textbooks, computers, and lecture notes), extra time to take tests and recording of lectures would be some of the ways in which instructors can help students with learning disabilities.

A student can be assessed for learning disability eligibility by enrolling in Student Development 900.

If a student already has verification of a learning disability and requires services, he/she should contact the DSPS office to apply for services.

Students who experience difficulty with reading (i.e. sounding out words, comprehending text) and spelling may want to enroll in Student Development 906. 

Students who would benefit from math tutoring (at any level) may want to enroll in Student Development 905.

Feel free to see Alicia Hallex if you have any questions or concerns about supportive classes or the learning disability eligibility.