ERIC Number: ED340169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Learning Disabilities: Guide for Faculty.
Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Office of Student Affairs.
This guide provides information about the nature of learning disabilities in higher education and about ways of assisting students with learning disabilities at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) to fulfill their potential. The booklet uses the metaphor of a "zig zag lightning in the brain" to describe the erratic thinking style associated with learning disability. It defines learning disability (LD) and examines whether labeling students as LD is a help or hindrance. The guide notes that the learning disabilities found among college students typically involve one or more forms of linguistic information processing. Classic academic symptoms are listed in the areas of concentration and attentiveness, memory, organizational and study skills, oral language skills, testing, mathematical skills, reading, spelling, writing, and foreign languages. A checklist is presented for screening students for learning disabilities. Techniques are offered for advising and teaching LD students, and a rationale is presented for providing accommodations. Georgetown University's policy for accommodating LD students in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is reprinted, and learning services are described. A brief transcript from an LD students' support group meeting concerning their experiences at Georgetown University is also included. The guide concludes with a list of 25 references, 13 suggested readings, and 4 organizational resources. (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, College Faculty, College Students, Compliance (Legal), Definitions, Educational Policy, Federal Legislation, Handicap Identification, Higher Education, Labeling (of Persons), Learning Disabilities, Learning Problems, Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Student Personnel Services, Teaching Methods
Office of Student Affairs, 237 Leavey Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC. Office of Student Affairs.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)