CHOOSING SCHOOLS


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If there is more than one community college or university or college in your area that has an LD program that offers more services, should you consider attending the one that’s further away, if it is the school that provides more and better services?  I’d say so…


Unless there is a real, pertinent rationale for you, your loved one, son or daughter to attend a specific school, he or she would be best off attending the school that is going to be able to provide him or her the best, most in-depth support that is possible.


The reason I say this is do the fact I actually had an undergraduate schooling experience whereupon I was led to believe that going to school at a particular university, based on the fact that the school had a specific degree program, was going to be enough for me to excel at this particular university.


In reality, the school’s disability assistance program director was fairly ineffective upon the people to whom he or she was supposed to be supplying assistance.


However, the school did have a very highly motivated assistant learning specialist who acted very, beneficially, meeting with the school’s learning disabled students, one-on-one, on a regular basis.


The problem with this school was not inherent in its learning disabilities program; the problem lied and probably still lies in the administration of this university.


In specific, the dean of housing and the assistant dean of housing, each of whom graduated from the university, whereat they are employed, do not care about whom they place, roomate-wise, the school’s learning disabled students with.


In reality, I had to complain several times in order to get my room assignment changed, even though I had been in my room from the very beginning, and I had also been led to thebelieve that I, as a learning disabled student, would be granted many different priorities over students who were not learning disabled.


Under normal circumstances, I am not someone who wants to allow myself to be granted or admit that I require  extra privileges or any extra opportunities at all, whatsoever; however, most learning disabled students, myself, included, require a setting that is stable and that allows them to have the ability to learn.


The fact that I had had to extricate myself from my dorm room and had to physically move all of my belongings to a different dorm and, on a different floor, made my learning experience amazingly more difficult and academically treacherous at the school.


The school’s administrator and his or her assistant acted illegally with regard to the Americans  with Disabilities Act. They were wrong and they knew they were wrong; however, they did not own up to this reality and  obviously didn’t care, one iota.  In hindsight, I should have sued the school for having infringed upon my rights as a student, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Dub in Violin Music, HERE)


Without the ability to have a smooth transition into a learning situation, a learning disabled student is  most imperiled with regard to his or her academic success.  The beginning of a learning situation is when most learning disabled students are most vulnerable,  it being that there are too many new conditions, potential pitfalls and unknown variables for the students to become accustomed to or prepare for.


Overall, it is my best advice that individuals be thorough when looking at a school to attend. Meet with the Dean of Admissions, the Dean of Students, the LD Coordinator, the LD Staff and ask them all about the nuts and bolts of what would need to be done if, upon enrollment, the situation becomes undefined, difficult or even seemingly insurmountable.


Higher Education is expensive; it is best to go to school where it is enjoyable and most fertile an environment in which to learn; this is true, whether you commute to school, from your family home, or if you never come home, more than once per year.


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