Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Students living with a visible or hidden disability have special needs as a result
of their conditions. Students who have documentation of a physical, learning, or
psychiatric disability are eligible to receive accommodations from the Disabled
Students with learning disabilities may have had long term difficulty
in reading, writing, spelling, and/or mathematical concepts. Their verbal skills
may far exceed their reading, writing, or spelling skills. Students with a learning
disability tend to process information slowly and need some “think time” to respond
to a question, retrieve information, or solve a problem. They can have difficulty
recalling and integrating information presented orally.
In an academic setting,
students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) may have difficulty
sustaining attention and following through on instructions or completing a task;
tend to lose things easily; frequently forget appointments; often interrupt or intrude
on others; blurt out answers before questions have been completed; appear restless;
seem not to listen when spoken to directly; and tend to be active and creative.
In cases of learning disorders, AD/HD, and/or psychiatric disabilities, students
may not be aware that there are treatments and accommodations available for the
symptoms that are interfering with their academic progress. When you suspect a student
may have a disability:
- Speak to the student in private about your concerns.
- Refer the student to
the Disabled Students Program (893-2668).
- Acknowledge the difficulties the student
- Be sensitive that low self-esteem may be associated with the
- Be aware that the Disabled Students Program may need to contact the
faculty member and/or T. A. to follow up on accommodations.
- Be aware that all
disabilities need medical documentation before the student is eligible for services
from the Disabled Students Program.
- Assume the student knows s/he may qualify for assistance from the Disabled Students
- Assume the student wants to receive assistance from the Disabled Students
- Pressure the student to acknowledge his/her disability.
- Speak to
the student in a derogatory manner.