Help On Campus for Adults with
Beth scheduled a diagnostic appointment with a licensed
reading specialist/psychologist, who administered to
Beth a series of specialized reading, writing, numerical
and memory tests over a period of two days. Beth was
diagnosed with severe dyslexia.
Finally, after all these years, and being told
over and over by my high school counselors that I was
dumb and would never be able to go to college,
Beth reports, I knew what was going on.
As part of the assessment, the specialist provided
Beth with a written detailed report, including detailed
diagnosis, and recommendations for learning support
services. These recommendations were tailored for Beths
college setting and
included guidelines for testing and assignments.
I took the doctors report to the evening
schools director and met with her, outlining the
recommendations. As a result, all of my professors were
required to provide me with their class outlines four
weeks before classes started so I would have time to
get the textbooks on tape from the Philadelphia Public
Library or the Dyslexia Association, Beth said.
I was allowed to tape record my classes. Also,
the college assigned me a proctor and was required to
allow me to take my exams separate from the class. I
would schedule a time to meet my proctor at the evening
schools offices, usually a day or two before the
exam was given to the class. Then the proctor would
read me the test questions and I would have a certain
amount of time to type the answers into the computer,
using a word processing program. I also had the choice
to tape record my answers if I felt I couldnt
write out my answers, because sometimes when Im
tense my disability really kicks in and I cant
Beth also worked with the private reading and writing
coach once a week. Two years later, after years of going
to college two nights a week, Beth graduated with a
Bachelors in Business Administration degree.
I couldnt have done it without first having
the diagnosis and report, and second, having the support
of both the college and my private coach, Beth
said. And they said I could never do it,
she adds with a mischievous smile, as
she proudly points to her specially framed and matted
college diploma in her living room.
Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities
or Attention Deficit Disorders, by Petersons
Guides. Lists more than 1,000 two-year and four-year colleges
and universities that have either comprehensive programs
or special services for students with learning disabilities.
Includes CD-ROM and Quick Reference Chart.
Learning Disabilities Online provides information on learning
disabilities and treatment, a newsletter, and online forums.
See also LD Resources.
Dyslexia Association .
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) helps individuals
with dyslexia, their families and the communities that
support them. See also The
Dyslexia Center (provides solutions to reading,
writing, and attention problems.
With Learning Disabilities.
Looks at definitions of learning disabilities, the experiences
of adults with LD, factors influencing their successful
adjustment to adult life, and strategies for educators
in College for Adults with Learning Disabilities.
Information on self advocacy, legislation, choosing
a college, and available services and programs.
* Name has been changed to protect privacy.
Suesan Harper is a Personal Resource Coach and Writer
who specializes in reading, writing, and personal coaching.
She has a Master’s in English Linguistics from the University
of Cincinnati and is a trained personal coach. She can
be reached online through The