LD, ADD students face challenges

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 3, 2005

Students with learning disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorder face a number of different challenges when making the transition from high school to post-secondary education.

For one, said Pat Morrow, Director of Project Key at Faulkner University in Montgomery, LD and ADD students must recognize that they are responsible for ensuring their needs are met in college.

"The disability must be documented with the college and the student must ask to be accommodated by the school," said Morrow. Accommodations can include providing books on tape for blind students and special instruction for the learning disabled, she said.

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Morrow will be in Luverne on Friday at the Luverne Public Library, presenting a seminar to help parents of learning disabled children understand the adjustments those students must make when entering college. The session, entitled "Students with Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Disorders: Transition from High School to College," will start at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 1:15 p.m.

"In a nutshell, we want to give parents an understanding of what we do and why we do it here at Faulkner as it deals with the learning disabled," she said. "When students leave high school the laws that cover them are over and done with. With higher education, those students are now working under a new set of laws. The rules have changed and parents need to understand those laws."

After years of having access to students' grades, test scores and other information in high school, Morrow said parents can become frustrated without that same admission in college. But students are treated as adults and privacy is a major concern with higher education, she said.

Morrow is past president of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alabama and the Alabama Association of Higher Education and Disability.

Attendants of the seminar are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks will be provided.

For more information contact Faulkner University at 334-386-7185.