Free program for college-bound students with learning disabilities

Prospective college students who have any type of learning disability are invited to a free program hosted by Penn State Shenango from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Forker Laboratory Forum on Shenango Avenue in downtown Sharon, Pa. Parents of students and learning support faculty are also welcome. David Carson, author of “Survival Guide for College - Bound LD Students” will be the guest speaker.

Carson is a nationally recognized lecturer and has presented at the Learning Disability Association of America (LDA) International Conference in 2007, 2010 and 2011. Through his dynamic presentation style, he promotes self-advocacy and self-esteem. He is well aware of the needs of students with learning disabilities since he himself has a learning disability. During his presentation, he will discuss his own journey from grade school through college, using his real life experiences to show students, parents, and educators that the next great wave of diversity for college is students with learning disabilities. Carson will also review the skills and coping strategies it takes for these young adults to succeed in college.

“I have found that many college students who have learning disabilities, especially incoming freshmen, choose not to self-identify out of wanting to avoid the stigma of being labeled as having a disability," said Tony Paglia, disability services coordinator at Penn State Shenango. "Without accommodations, however, many of these students struggle with college-level academic requirements, and this puts them at a high risk for dropping out. This is why I feel a program like this is so important -- Mr. Carson’s presentation should challenge the way students think about their learning disability and give them tools for success.”

For more information, contact the campus’ Disability Office at 724-983-2969.



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Last Updated February 02, 2012