This article, written by PC READS, appeared in the Park Record’s 2019 Park City Parent Back to School Special Edition.
NPR coverage on the college admissions scandal.
Excerpt: “This hurts every individual with a learning disability,” Beth McGaw, the president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America said in a statement. At many levels of education, students with disabilities — such as dyslexia or ADHD — can receive extra time on standardized tests. It’s one of a number of ways that make tests accessible to all students.
Written by David Flink, Founder of Eye to Eye and and also the author of “Thinking Differently,” a wonderful book on our resource list.
EXCERPT: I join the chorus condemning the abuse of the college admissions process and want to shine a light on how this scandal mischaracterizes the journey of students with very real learning disabilities. The parents and test-taking coaches who were able to manipulate the system to give extra time on tests to students who don’t have learning disabilities acted unethically—and they’ve done a considerable disservice to the 1 in 5 students with learning disabilities across this country.
This review took into account ranking the following areas, which are all important to students with dyslexia:
(1) Assistive Technology
(2) Academic tutoring and/or skill development coaching specifically related to reading/writing
(3) Special courses to help students develop their reading/writing abilities and/or improve their study skills
(4) Reading and/or writing-related workshops
(5) On-campus and/or online writing center services
Do you have a high school or college student? This article has very good information and advice as you student begins to navigate the application process and time on campus.
EXCERPT: Many parents think if their child received accommodation and support services in high school they will automatically get them in college. Not so. Students with a learning disability must submit to the college’s ODS documentation of their disability (usually from a health care professional like a psychologist or a physician) with a recommendation on what accommodations the student should receive.
Important & useful information for high school students!
The College Board announced a new policy that is now in effect as of January 1, 2017. The policy makes it easier to request accommodations on the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP®Exams.
Now, requests only need to confirm that: 1) the accommodation is in the student’s IEP/504 plan and 2) the student uses the accommodation when taking tests at school.
The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund supports high school and college students with learning challenges who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The scholarship is in honor of the life of Joseph James Morelli and the success he achieved in overcoming the challenges of dyslexia. Click here to read a letter about Joseph written by his family.
The scholarship is administered under the auspices of the Park City Community Foundation.
Insightful article written by a dyslexic student at Yale. “I’m lucky if I even get through the first half of the reading. I pick classes based on how thick the books are, not how interesting their synopses seem, and anything with the potential for a pop quiz is out of the question.”
“The new regulation guide and letter to school districts address problematic policies which have required students and their families to undergo repeated costly testing for documentation of dyslexia, dysgraphia,dyscalculia, and other LDs. “
Article from Understood.org. It includes a list of 15 colleges that provide strong support to students with learning disabilities, written by Lauren Sagat, director of college guidance at Purnell School in Pottersville, New Jersey.
This article includes a list of the top ten colleges and universities that specialize in offering comprehensive and specialized courses to students with dyslexia.
Application period is open and closes once 300 applications are received. Google for current scholarship information.
This article references the new SAT, which begins in March 2016. Accessing the full article will require a premium membership to Dyslexic Advantage.