In 2005, the U.S. Federal Office of Education under the Demonstration Projects to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive a Quality Higher Education Program awarded to DePaul University a three-year renewable grant with the goals of increasing faculty, administration, and supportive professional staff awareness and knowledge about learning disabilities and AD/HD. One of the strategies to accomplish this goal was to develop this portion of the PLuS web site to serve as a resource on disabilities for faculty, administration, and professional staff of DePaul.
We will continue to develop these pages. If there is anything else that you would like to see included in this section of this site, or that would help you in your interactions with students, please e-mail your ideas and suggestions to PLuS.
“Four years ago, my mother encouraged me to go with her to an open house at a local community college, the same college that I had flunked out of ten years earlier….All the promises that were made to me on that open house day didn’t quite pan out. I was supposed to have my books on tape, have extra time to do assignments, and be given un-timed tests. This all sounds good, but it took a lot of work and persistence to get the things that I needed. I really learned to become an advocate for myself….As the semester went on, I realized that I wanted this. Not only did I want to succeed, but I wanted to be one of the best. I had a goal….So here I am, a junior at a 4-year college with a goal. Being LD has become less important to me. There are arrangements that I make due to my disability so that I am able to learn, but no one is giving me the answers. I certainly don’t get a free ride. I don’t have a tattoo on my forehead saying I am dyslexic, but I don’t hide it either.”
By Lynn Pelky, “In the LD Bubble” in Learning Disabilities and Life Stories (Rodis, Garrod and Boscardin, Allyn & Bacon, 2001)
[Made partially possible by a US Dept. of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education Grant, (Grant # P333A050044)]