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From Disability to Diversity: College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder


Author(s): Shea, L. C., Hecker, L., & Lalor, A.

Citation: Shea, L. C., Hecker, L., & Lalor, A. (2019). From Disability to Diversity: College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

 

Abstract

Approaching disability from the perspective of difference, the authors of this volume offer guidance on creating more inclusive learning environments on campus so that all students—whether or not they have a recognized disability—have the opportunity to succeed. Strategies for supporting students with specific learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder or who display learning and behavioral characteristics associated with these profiles are described. Chapters offer an overview of the postsecondary context for students with disabilities, describe the hallmarks of learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder, and suggest how these conditions impact the transition to college. Readers will also find discussion of how to support students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism in the classroom and in cocurricular settings. The volume concludes with a discussion of six topics deemed essential for creating inclusive learning environments on campus: (1) disability-supportive campus climate, (2) curricular and self-advocacy initiatives, (3) programs for students on the autism spectrum, (4) disability-related professional development for faculty and staff, (5) coaching services, and (6) universal design.

 

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