William H. Moesch
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960-6989
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A learning disability is a permanent neurological disorder that effects the manner in which information is received, organized, remembered, and then retrieved or expressed. Students, with learning disabilities possess an average to above average intellectual endowment.
Terms associated with learning disabilities include:
Characteristics may include an inability to perform in accordance with the norm in such areas as:
Accommodations may include:
Eligibility for Disability Services at the College of Saint Elizabeth is dependent upon the nature of the disability and its impact on learning. A person might meet eligibility requirements of vocational rehabilitation, disabled veterans or any other rehabilitation agency; however, she/he may not meet eligibility at the College of Saint Elizabeth. One of the reasons that the College has developed these guidelines is to ensure consistency throughout the institution. These guidelines are fairly consistent with those used by agencies administering standardized assessments. The ultimate decision for eligibility on campus is a judgment that must be made by the Coordinator of Disability Services based upon the guidelines developed for each type of disability. Once a student has been verified as disabled by the College of Saint Elizabeth Office of Disability Services, a disability eligibility form should be completed and placed in a confidential file with the determining documentation.
Professionals conducting assessment and rendering diagnosis of specific learning disabilities must be qualified. A qualified professional must hold a degree in a field related to the diagnosis of SLD and have at least one year of diagnostic expertise with adults and older adolescents. Recommended practitioners include: certified and/or licensed psychologist, learning disabilities specialists, educational therapists, and diagnosticians in public schools or colleges and rehabilitation services and private practitioners with the above qualifications are typically considered qualified. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.
The following guidelines are provided to assist the service provider in collaborating with each student to determine appropriate accommodations. Documentation serves as a foundation that legitimizes a student's request for appropriate accommodations. Required documentation includes:
Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if co-existing learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated. The student and the disability specialist at the institution collaboratively determine appropriate accommodations.