ERIC Number: ED168016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
College Composition and the Invisible Handicap.
Loxterman, Alan S.
There are students who have "invisible handicaps" specific learning disabilities who need to be identified and given assistance. One such student was discovered in a freshman composition class because of the disparity between his in-class writing and his take-home writing. It was ascertained that he had a learning disability that made it difficult for him to manipulate symbols spatially. After completing an alternative course through a writing laboratory using "Process One, a College Writing Program," he was able to improve his skills to the point of earning a "C" grade. In working with students who have learning disabilities, some suggestions are: establish and publicize some system of referral and diagnosis, urge those who teach writing to support such a system, establish uniform standards throughout all departments offering waivers for specific learning disabilities, use the system often, provide a required program of special help, include audiovisual components in the supplementary writing program and use written exercises and objective tests to check mastery of principles, and give such students career guidance and personal counseling throughout their college years. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)