Bellmore-Merrick College Night For Students with Disabilities 2009 by mifei


									Bellmore-Merrick College Night

For Students with Disabilities

                                               Table of Contents

       Introductory Letter                                                   2

       Services for Students with Disabilities at Long Island and
       New York City Colleges & Universities                                 4

       Services for Students with Disabilities at Colleges & Universities
       In Upstate New York                                                   8

       Services for Students with Disabilities at Colleges & Universities
       Out of State                                                         12

       Community Resources                                                  14

       Reference Information for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities    15

       Web Resources                                                        16

       Additional Resources: College Preparation Resources, Educational
       Resources, and Downloadable Books                                    19

       Questions You Should Ask When Visiting the University                21

       Famous People with Learning Disabilities                             23

Originally compiled by Julie Sorrell & Daphne Chrysanthopoulos
Updated in 2009 by Diane Macaluso

                     ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

                     1260 MEADOWBROOK ROAD, NORTH MERRICK , NEW YORK, 11566 /516-992-1000

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Transitioning from high school to college is challenging for most anyone, but for a student with a
learning disability it can be far more so. Below are a few important points that you and our students must
be cognizant of as you approach this very important transition period.

   1. If your child has been receiving helpful support services during high school (i.e., resource room,
      collaborative services or alternate day support), it is important that you seek to get these same
      similar supports while in college. Being that a learning disability does not miraculously go away
      after high school, you must seek to get the same set of “winning” services that have assisted in
      your success to that point.

   2. It is important that you bring all education related documentation (i.e., IEP, updated psycho-
      educational with you when visiting prospective colleges. You will see that depending on your
      child’s needs, some schools may be better choices than others for their continued education.

   3. YOU MUST BE YOUR OWN BEST ADVOCATE! If you require modifications, you need to bring that
      information to the attention of school administration or at least your professor.

While little is offered to you without your asking, many colleges have extensive programs designed for
students with learning disabilities. But, remember that these programs are as different as the colleges
themselves. With this in mind, it is imperative that you visit these programs (schools) and interview them
as to the make-up of the learning disability program. You may find that a particular college’s program
caters to the specific needs of your child more so than that of another school. Additionally, some schools
charge for these extra services (i.e., Adelphi), while others, such as Nassau Community College, offer free
support service programs.

   4. Do not forget to sign release forms to have a VESID case opened for your child prior to their
      starting college. VESID offers free vocational counseling for individuals with special needs to
      assist them in accomplishing their career goals.

Attached below is a series of articles and documents that offer information concerning a number a
college programs designed for students with special needs. Besides the attached, seek this information
elsewhere. The internet, the library, as well as many other available sources, can be reviewed to identify
the “right” school for your specific needs. Accordingly, do not forget to work with your child’s high
school Guidance Counselor and CSE Chairperson prior to graduation. Additional information is available
by request.

For a great beginning on your road to success and into adult life be sure to review the enclosed
documents and be sure you have followed these two very basic steps prior to graduating from high

   a.   Meet with your guidance counselor
   b.   Sign a VESID release form

The choices are many, the opportunities are limitless, and the success you can reach is within your grasp
as long as you care to prepare.

If you have any questions concerning your child’s transition from high school, please call me with your
concerns or comments. It is my pleasure as well as my responsibility to assist you. My office number is
(516) 992-1349.


Cheryl Gitlitz, L.C.S.W.
District Wide Transition Coordinator

                      Long Island and New York City Colleges & Universities

Adelphi University             Rosemary Garabedian, Coordinator Adelphi University                Office of Disability Support Services
                               1 South Ave.
                               Garden City, NY 11530
                               P:(516) 877-4710

                               Carol Phelan, Director of Student
                               Office of Disability Support Services
                               1 South Ave.
                               Garden City, NY 11530
                               (516) 877-3154

                               Susan Spencer Farinacci, Assistant Dean and Director
                               Learning Disabilities Program
                               1 South Ave.
                               Garden City, NY 11530
                               P: (516) 877-4710

Dowling College                Ellie Alster, Coordinator of Services for Students with                Disabilities
                               The Peter Hausman Center: Servicing students with
                               Physical and learning disabilities
                               Idle Hour Blvd.
                               Oakdale, NY 11769
                               P: (631) 244-3144

Farmingdale State              Malka Edelman, Director of Support Services of
University                     Students with Disabilities, and            Director for Career Development Center
                               Route 110-2350 Broadhollow Rd.
                               Farmingdale, NY 11735
                               P: (631) 420-2411

Five Towns College             Roger H. Sherman, B.A., M.A., PhD., Dean of Academic                    Affairs
                               305 N. Service Rd.
                               Dix Hills, NY 11746-5857
                               (631) 424-7000 EXT. 2110

Fordham University       Caitlin Murphy, Director of Disabilities      441 East Fordham Rd.
                         New York, NY 10458
                         P: (718) 817-0655
                         F: (718) 817-0888

Hofstra University       Jennifer Davis, Learning Specialist          Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS)
                         1000 Fulton Ave.
                         Hempstead NY 11549
                         P: (516) 463-5761

                         Julie Windra, Director of Services for
                         Students with Disabilities
                         101 Memorial Hall
                         Hempstead NY 11549
                         P: (516) 463-7074
                         (TTY/DEAF): (516) 463-5108

Long Island University   Marie Fatscher, Associate Director
CW Post Campus           Academic Resource Program              720 Northern Blvd.
                         Brookville, NY 11548

                         Disability Support Services
                         720 Northern Blvd.
                         Brookville, NY 11548
                         P: (516) 299-3057

Marymount Manhattan      Diana Nash, Director of Programs for Academic Success
College                  221 East 71st St.
                         New York, NY 10021
                         (212) 774-0724

Molloy College           Cari Rose-Tomo, Coordinator DSS/STEEP           Disability Support Services and
                         Success Through Expanded Education
                         1000 Hempstead Ave
                         Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002
                         P: (516) 678-5000 Ext. 6381

Nassau Community   Mary Cay Ardise, Coordinator of Basic
College            Education        1 Education Drive
                   Garden City, NY 11530-6793
                   P: (516) 572-5851
                   F: (516) 572-8966

                   Donna Spargerg, M.S., M.A., Learning
                   Disabilities Specialist
                   Center for Students with Disabilities(CSD)
                   1 Education Dr.- U Bldg.
                   Garden City, NY 11530-6793
                   P: (516) 572-7138
                   P: (516) 572-7241 (CSD Direct Office #)
                   F: (516) 572-7617

                   Michelle Campbell, Learn and Earn Program
                   1 Education Dr.
                   Garden City,NY 11530-6793
                   P: (516) 572-9775

                   Michelle Campbell, Abilities Inc.
                   201 I.U. Willets Road
                   Albertson, NY 11507-1599

                   Wendy Eisner, Phd. Program Coordinator
                   Achilles Project
                   1 Education Dr.
                   Garden City, 11530-6793
                   P: (516) 572-7451

                   Adrienne N. Mantis, Admissions
                   College Bound Program
                   1 Education Dr.
                   Garden City, NY 11530
                   516-489-2322 ext. 1251

New York Institute of   Alice Heron-Burke, Director of Counseling
Technology (NYIT)       and Wellness Services
Old Westbury Campus     Northern Blvd.            Old Westbury, NY 11568
                        P: (516) 686-7863

New York Institute of   Sheree Incorvia, Director of Recruitment
Technology              Vocational Independence Program (VIP)
Central Islip Campus    300 Carleton Ave.       Central Islip, NY 11722
                        (631) 348- 3139

Pace University         Jennie Sharf PhD., Coordinator of Disability Services/
NYC Campus              Supervising Psychologist
                        156 William St. 12th Floor
                        New York NY, 10003
                        P: (212) 346-1526

                        Dr. Dianne Zager, Director BOSS Program
                        156 William Street
                        New York, NY 10003

Queensborough           Bonnie F.Cook, Coordinator of Campus Learning Center
Community College       222-05 56th Ave.
CUNY                    Bayside, NY 11364        P: (718) 281-5607

                        Chantel Jeng, Learn & Earn Program
                        222-05 56th Avenue
                        Bayside, NY 11364
                        (7l8) 281-5774

St. Joseph’s College    Frank La Terra, Executive Director           Career Development, Wellness, and Disability
                        155 West Roe Blvd.
                        Patchogue, NY11772
                        (631) 447-3317

                        Jaqueline Merriweather, Associate Director
                        (631) 447- 3317

Suffolk County                    Marlene Boyce, Assistant Director Special
Community College                 Services and Counseling
Ammerman Campus                   533 College Rd.               Selden, NY 11784
                                  P: (631) 451-4045

Suffolk County                    Michele Aretz, Disabilities Coordinator
Community College                 121 Speonk-Riverhead Rd.
Eastern Campus                    Riverhead, NY 11901               P: (631) 548-2500

Suffolk County                    Jessica Joyce, Disabilities Counselor/LD Specialist
Community College                 Crooked Hill Rd
Grant Campus                      Brentwood, NY 11717               P: (631) 851-6250

                          Colleges and Universities in Upstate New York State

Brockport State College           Mary Ellen Post
                                  SUNY College at Brockport
                                  350 New Campus Drive
                                  Brockport, NY 14420
                                  P: (585) 395-5409

Buffalo State College             Amy Rosen-Brant, Interim Director             Buffalo State College- 120 South Wing
disability services               1300 Elmwood
                                  Buffalo, NY 14222
                                  P: (716) 878-4500
                                  F: (716) 878- 3473

Cansius College                   Anne-Marie Dobies, Director of Disability Support
                                  Services & Assistant Dean of Students
                                  2001 Main St.
                                  Buffalo NY 14208
                                  P: (716) 888-3748

Concordia College                 Dr. George Groth, Director of Concordia Connection
                                  171 White Plains Road
                                  Bronxville, NY 10708
                                  P: (914) 337-9300 ext. 2361

Daemen College                 Jennifer Runco, Assistant Coordinator of Learning                 Center & Disability Services
                               4380 Main St.
                               Amherst, NY 14226
                               P: (716) 839-8228

D’Youville College             Isabelle Vecchio
                               320 Porter Ave.
                               Buffalo, NY 14201
                               P: (716) 829-7728

Erie Community College         Kathy Hoffman, Head of Disability Services
                               4041 Southwestern Blvd.
                               Orchard Park, NY 14127
                               P: (716) 851-1832

                               Steven Wixson, Counselor for Students with Disabilities
                               45 Oak St.
                               Buffalo, NY 14203
                               P: (716) 851-1189

Erie Community College/North   Heather Hewson, Counselor                    Office of Students with Disabilities
                               6205 Main St.
                               Williamsville, NY 14221

Erie Community College/South   Fran Moyer, Counselor for Students with
                               4041 Southwestern Blvd.
                               Orchard Park, NY 14127
                               P: (716) 851-1933

Fredonia State University      Adam Hino, Disability           Services
                               The Learning Center
                               Reed Library (4th Floor)
                               Fredonia, NY 14063
                               P: (716) 673-3270

Genesee Community College      Mary Alice Torba
                               One College Road
                               Batavia, NY 14020

Hilbert College               Debbie Dimitrovski, Director of Academic
                              5200 South Park Ave.
                              Hamburg, NY 14075
                              P: (716) 649-7900 ext. 260

Iona College                  Regina Carlo, Director                  CAP, College Assistance Program
                              715 North Avenue
                              New Rochelle, NY 10801
                              P: (914) 633- 2000

Ithaca College                Leslie Schettino, Director of Academic Support Services
                              322A Smiddy Hall
                              Ithaca, NY 14850
                              P: (607) 274- 1005

Jamestown Community College   Nancy Callahan, Coordinator, Disability
                              Support Services
                              525 Falconer St.
                              Jamestown, NY 14701
                              P: (716) 338- 1251

Manhattenville College        Elizabeth Lewis, Director of        Academic Resource Center
                              2900 Purchase St.
                              Purchase, NY 10577-2132
                              (914) 323-5474

Marist College                Jean Vizvary, Director of Learning Disabilities Support                Program
                              3399 North Rd.
                              Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
                              P: (845) 575-3274

Medaille College              Lisa Morrison, Coordinator of Special                  Services
                              18 Agassiz Circle
                              Buffalo, NY 14214
                              P: (716) 884-3281 EXT.2214

                              Mary Ellen Mulvey, Director of Academics
                              P: (716) 884-3284

Niagara County Community            Karen Drilling, Coordinator of Disabled
College                             3111 Saunders Settlement Road
                                    Sanborn, NY 14132
                                    P: (716) 614-6284

Niagara University                  Diane Stoelting, Coordinator of Specialized                     Support Services
                                    Seton Hall, First Floor
                                    Niagara University, NY 14109
                                    (716) 286-8076
                                    F: (716) 286-8063

Pace University                     Elisse M. Geberth, Coordinator of Disability Services
Westchester Campus                  Administration Center, 2nd Floor
                                    861 Bedford Rd.
                                    Pleasantville, NY 10570
                                    (914) 773-3710

St. Bonaventure University          Adriane L. Spencer, Coordinator of
                                    Services for Students with Disabilities
                                    And Academic Intervention
                                    St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
                                    P: (716) 375-2065

SUNY at Buffalo                     Randy Borst, Director of Disability Services

                                    Amy Wiosinski, Assistant Director
                                    25 Capen Hall- Box 601632
                                    Buffalo, NY 14260-1632
                                    P: (716) 645-2608
                                    F: (716) 645-3116

University at Buffalo               Melinda R. Saran, Vice Dean for Student
Law School                          Services
                                    University at Buffalo Law School
                                    314 O’Brian Hall
                                    Buffalo, NY 14260
                                    P: (716) 645-6223
                                    F: (716) 645-5940

SUNY                          Ute G. Gomez, Coordinator for Student Disability Services
at Cortland                   P.O Box 2000             Cortland, NY 13045
                              P: (607) 753-2066

St. Thomas Aquinas            Dr. Amelia DeMarco, Associate Director                  Pathways
                              125 Route 340
                              Sparkill, NY 10976-1050
                              P: (845) 398- 4227

Villa Maria College           Melissa Zgliczynski, Coordinator of                 Students with Disabilities
                              240 Pine St.
                              Buffalo, NY 14225
                              P: (716) 961-1879

                      Colleges and Universities Outside of New York State

Dean College                  Larry Thode, Senior Assistant of Admissions & Head of                  LD Program
                              99 Main St
                              Franklin, MA 02038-1994
                              (508) 541-1510

                              Erin Lowery-Corkran, Director ARCH Program
                              (508) 541-1764

Farleigh Dickenson            Dr. Mary Lupiani Farrell, Program Director of              The Regional Center for College Students with
                              Learning Disabilities (RCSLD)
                              285 Madison Ave.
                              Madison, NJ 07940
                              P: (201) 692-2087

Kings College                 Jacintha Burke, Director of Academic Skills Center
www.kings.edi                 FASP- First Year Academics Studies Program
                              133 North River St.
                              Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
                              P: (570) 208-5800

Landmark College                Dale Herold, Vice President of Enrollment Management
*2 year program                 River Road South
                                Putney, VT 025346
                                (802) 387- 6718

Lynn University                 Dr. Marsha Glines, Executive Director of Institute for                    Achievement & Learning Comprehension
                                3601 North Military Trail
                                Boca Raton, FL 33441
                                P: (561) 237- 7881

Mitchell College                Dr. Peter Love, Director of Learning Resource                Center (LRC)
                                437 Pequot Ave.
                                New London, CT 06320
                                P: (860) 701-5071

Sacred Heart College            Jill Angotta, L.C.H.S., Director of Special Services             5151 Park Ave
                                Fairfeild, CT 06825
                                P: (203) 365-4730
                                F: (203) 396-8049

University of Hartford          Lynne Golden, Director of Learning Plus Program   200 Bloomfield Ave.
                                West Hartford, CT 06117
                                (860) 768-4319

University of Arizona           Michelle Burns
(SALT)                          East Coast Regional Director
                                Office Of Admissions
                                The University of Arizona

                                Regional Office:
                                2021 35th Street
                                Astoria, NY 11105

                                Tucson Office:
                                P.O. Box 210040 (Mail Only)
                                1200 East University Boulevard
                                Tucson, AZ 85712

                                        Community Resources

Learning Disability Association   Michael Helman, Executive Director
Of WNY                            2555 Elmwood Avenue                      Kenmore, NY 14217
                                  P: (718) 874-7200

Jewish Child Care Association     Elise-Hahn-Felix, L.C.S.W., Director
(JCCA)                            JCCA Compass Program            45 Manetto Hill Rd.
                                  Plainview, NY 11803
                                  (516) 729-0066

                                  Evan Oppenheimer, M.A., Mental Health
                                  Counselor, JCCA
                                  (516) 822-3535 ext. 355

Lincoln Educational Services      Kelly Swailes, Admissions Representative
                                  Lincoln Culinary Institute
                                  Clemens College
                                  Briarwood College
                                  West Palm Beach Culinary
                                  (718)869-1798 cell phone

NYS Commission for Blind the      Len Handel, District Manager
And Visually Handicapped          295 Main Street
                                  Buffalo, NY 14203
                                  P: (716) 847-3516

Vocational and Educational        Barbara Weissberg, Senior Counselor
Services for Individuals with     VESID New York State Education Dept.
Disabilities (VESID)              711 Stewart Avenue
                                  Garden City, NY 11530

                                  Marlene Johnston, BMCHD Liaison
                                  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
                                  Garden City NYS VESID District Office
                                  (516) 227-6800         P: (516) 227-6853

                                    Michelle Harap, BMCHD Liaison
                                    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
                                    P: (516) 227-6857

NYS VESID                           State Education Department-VESID
                                    1 Commerce Plaza, Room 1603
                                    Albany, NY 11334
                                    P: (518) 474-1711 or (800) 222-JOBS

Long Island Transition              Valerie Valenti, Person Centered Transition
Coordination Site                   Specialist
                                    James Hines Administration Center
                                    15 Andrea Road
                                    Holbrook, NY 11741, (631)218-4145

                                    Lynn Russo, Transition Specialist
                                    Career & Technical Education Division
                                    Eastern Suffolk BOCES & Tri BOCES Consortium
                                    Challenger Hall
                                    300 Carleton Avenue
                                    Central Islip, NY
                                    (631) 348-2658

Long Island Advocacy                Ona Krebs, CAP Coordinator
Center                              (Client Assistance Program)
For The Legal Rights of             Herricks Community Center
Students and the Disabled           999 Herricks Rd., Room 108
                                    New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Reference Information for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

International Dyslexia Association (IDA): Promoting literacy through research, education & advocacy.
The purpose of the IDA is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and
services that address the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write.
P: (410) 296-0232

Learning Disabilities Association of America: Online education.

Children and Adults with Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): CHADD works to improve the lives of
people affected by AD/HD.

Great Schools: The Schwab Foundation for Learning: Great Schools empowers its parent community with
unparalleled expert advice about educational topics such as school choice, preparing for college, learning
difficulties, and more.
Mission is to empower and inspire parents to participate in their children’s education.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): The voice and vision of special education.
P: (886) 915-5000

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P: (800) 695-0285

Council of Parent Attorney’s and Advocates: A national voice for special education rights and advocacy.

US Department of Education: Promoting educational excellence for all Americans.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic: Learning through listening.

All Kinds of Minds – Dr. Mel Levine: Mission is to help students who struggle with learning, measurably
improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and
clinical expertise.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

Center for Students with Learning Differences
P: (516) 773-4737


Disability General
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): information and technical assistance on the Americans with
Disabilities Act.

Disability Gov.: provides quick and easy access to comprehensive info about disability programs,
services, laws, and benefits.

HEATH – National clearinghouse on Post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities

The Disability Resources Monthly (DMR): Guide to disability resources on the internet. Includes links to
topics, such as advocacy, assistive technology, awareness, education, employment, etc.

Disability Specific
ADDitude: a print magazine dedicated to improving academic, vocational, and social outcomes for people
with Attention Deficit Disorder.

American Printing House for the Blind: Resources for the blind including four track tape recorders and
some large print books.

Northeast Technical Assistance of Deafness (NETAC): Located on the campus of the Rochester Institute of
Technology, NETAC provides assistance and information to campuses and individuals to improve the
learning environment for deaf and hard of hearing students on college campuses. Website has a large
collection of teacher tip sheets that can be downloaded and copied.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) – AHEAD envisions educational and societal
environments that value disability and embody equality of opportunity.

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic: Textbooks on audio cassette and now electronic format

LD Online – topics of learning disability and ADHD. Website includes information, resources, advice, and

College Search
ACT – provides over a 100 assessment, research, information, and program management services in the
broad areas of education and workforce development.

We Apply – website provides information regarding college search for online, community, private, and
state schools. Additionally information is provided on free government money, college distance learning,
college scholarship, education financing, student loan consolidation, and online college degree.

College View – Topics include a college search, financial aid information, the application process, campus
life, careers and majors, and student lounge.

Go College – How to finance and succeed in college is broken down to 4 sections; (1) financial aid, (2)
admissions, (3) education options, and (4) college survival.

*College Board

Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities

Transition Resources
Transition to College: Post-secondary disability Consortium of Central New York – Website developed by
this consortium to assist students, parents, educators, and consulting professionals in developing a
better understanding of the issues involved in the transition to college for students with disabilities.

Collegiate Consortium and Disability Advocates (CCDA) – full text of Effective College Planning 7th Ed. And
information about events and materials

Transition Services Website

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

Workforce Diversity and Careers and the Disabled

Job Accommodations Network (JAN): a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s office of
Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This website is a resource for workplace productivity,
enhancements, and reasonable accommodations.

Careers and Colleges

National Clearinghouse on Careers and Professions Related to Early Intervention and Education for
Children with Disabilities: Provided by the Council of Exceptional Children.

My Road – Link from

Student Tools
*Study Guides and Strategies – Topics include preparing, learning, studying, learning with other, online
learning/communicating, classroom participation, project management, research, reading skills,
preparing for tests, taking tests, writing basics, writing types, vocabulary/spelling, resources, math, and
science and technology.

*University of Minnesota Assignment Calculator – This is an amazing tool that can help students with time
management. This calculator allows students to calculate a timeline for working on any given assignment.

TASC Tutoring Centers On-Line Workshops

Speech-to-Text Freeware: There are a number of free software programs (very basic) for speech-to-text.

Learning Tools – Assistive technology and regular technology for students with disabilities.

Essay Writing assistance Found in Bellmore Memorial Library’s E-Resources

Financial Aid/Scholarships
The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Fast Web

*Government education

*Financial Aid for students with Disabilities and their families

College NET: admissions and financial aid information

College Programs for Learning Disabled Students

FAFSA Express

College Aid Sources for Higher Education (CASHE)

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

The Ambitious Student’s Guide to Financial Aid

National Amputation Foundation Scholarship [scholarship program information can be found under NAF

Hemophilia Health Services Memorial Scholarship Program [scholarship information can be found under

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation [Inclusion Champion Award]

Additional Resources

VESID, Vocational Rehabilitation Services Applicants
The University of the State of New York
State Education Department
Office of Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12234
P: (518) 473-4501

HEATH Resource Center, American Council on Education
Online Clearinghouse on Post-Secondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
Washington, DC 20037

College Preparation Resources:
Testing and Education Reference Center at Bellmore Memorial Library
Provides solid preparation and repeated practice for ACT, CUNY, PSAT/NMSQt, and SAT tests.
P: (516) 785-2990

Educational Websites:
ADA & IT Center
P: (800) 949-4232

Downloadable Educational Books:
Education Publications Center
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794
P:(877) 433-7827



1.    What are the admission criteria? What are the criteria for transfer students?

2.    Are SAT or ACT examinations required?

3.    Is there a separate procedure for admission to the learning disability program?

4.    When is the best time to apply? Is there a cut-off date?

5.    What documentation and other supplemental material are required for admission to the
      learning disability program? Is any special testing required? If so,what tests? How recent do
      they need to be? Who should administer these tests?


6.    How are candidates evaluated for admission to the program?


7.    Is a personal interview required?

8.    Is there a wide range of academic choices?

9.    What is the average class size? How many students are enrolled in the college?

10.   What percentage of the faculty is full-time, how many are adjunt? Are they readily available
      for extra help?

11.   Are there course modifications for students with learning disabilities?


12.   What grade point average must be maintained? Are there different g.p.a. requirements for
      different majors?

13.   Do faculty welcome and respect students with learning disabilities?

14.   Do professional educators with degrees in learning disabilities conduct tutorials?

15.   Are students mainstreamed in all college courses or is there a separate curriculum?

   16.    Are there individual and group tutorials?

   17.    Are tutorials scheduled into the student’s program at regular intervals or is it drop-in tutoring

   18.    Are additional tutorial sessions provided, based on student’s needs?

   19.    Is a summer program available? It is required as part of the curriculum?

   20.    What are the additional costs for support services? Are these costs considered in the student’s
          financial aid package? Will my financial aid be affected in any way because I am requesting

   21.    Is there a student support organization on campus?

   22.    Is there a separate orientation for students with disabilities?


   1.     List the specific services you will need, and ask for specific details about how you would
          receive them. (Whom do you see, how do you access services, when are they give and by
          whom, where are they provided)?

   2.     Are these services available without a fee?

   3.     Who is responsible for coordinating services for students with disabilities?

   4.     How many students with learning disabilities are in the school?

   5.     Is faculty responsive to the needs of students with learning disabilities?

Questions derived from Adelphi University Learning Disabilities Program, “Choosing the Right University
When You Have a Learning Disability or ADHD”, written by Susan Spencer, MSW. LCSW, DCSW, Assistant
Dean & Director,

Famous People with Physical/Mental/Learning Disabilities

   o   Michael Jordan – NBA basketball player

   o   Stevie Wonder – Musician/Singer

   o   Franklin D. Roosevelt – Former President of the United States

   o   Thomas Edision – Scientists, discovered the light bulb

   o   Steven Spielberg – Director/Film maker

   o   Foxy Brown - Singer

   o   Beethoven - Composer

   o   Albert Einstein - Physicist

   o   Cher – Actress/Singer

   o   John F. Kennedy – Former President of the United States

   o   George Burns – Actor/Comedian

   o   Magic Johnson – NBA basketball player

   o   Walt Disney – Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Animator

   o   Bill Cosby - Actor

   o   Michael Phelps - Olympian

   o   Tom Cruise - Actor

   o   Winston Churchill – Statesman

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            “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”.

                                                – Walt Disney


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