Optimizing the Collegiate Experience of Learning Disabled Students

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Anna Bonnema, Hope College
Dr. Wayne Brouwer, Hope College
Dr. Charles Green, Hope College
Amy Otis-DeGrau, Hope College
Yolanda Vega, Hope College
Professor John Yelding, Hope College

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In the U.S., only 3.6% of Learning Disabled (LD) college students graduate, while 62.1% of nondisabled students graduate. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help increase the number of LD students graduating from a college or university. Universal Design for Learning is a call to institutions to support students in a variety of ways as they to strive to achieve their unique goals. When it comes to LD students, this means helping students set their goals and develop strategies for meeting them; insuring that professors acknowledge LD students and provide clarification or additional resources when necessary; increasing campus-wide awareness about learning disabilities; and providing appropriate accommodations (extended test-times, note-taking services, tutoring and other forms of academic support, etc.).

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