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Students with Disabilities

The following suggestions to advisors are from the Access-Ability (formerly Learning Plus) webpage.  For specific questions about advisees with learning and attention disabilities, or for further information, please contact Lynne Golden, Director of Learning Plus, at ext. 4522 or x.4312 to speak with Patty O’Donovan, the Administrative Secretary.

Fast Facts about Learning Plus:

  • The University of Hartford is federally mandated to provide services and accommodations to eligible students who have documented disabilities that indicate the presence of a “current disability that substantially limits learning”. (ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act).
  • Eligibility for disability services and accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Learning Plus.
  • 400+ current students have submitted documentation to L+ that qualify them to receive accommodations and services at the University of Hartford.
  • Specific Learning Disability is the largest category of disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder is the second largest category that students have disclosed at the University of Hartford.  In addition, there has been a significant increase in the number of students who have disclosed that they have Asperger’s Syndrome. 
  • L+ services include but are not limited to: providing eligible students with Letters of Disclosure; offering Direct Strategy Instruction (skills for time management, organization, any step of the writing process, reading comprehension, note taking, test preparation and test-taking, personal accountability); determining and providing test accommodations (extended time (1.5x-2x), test environment with minimal distractions, reader or scribe for tests, use of a word processor or basic 4 function calculator when appropriate); determining eligibility for classroom accommodations and helping the student make arrangements for them such as a note-taker, permission to tape record a class, access to audio textbooks. Please note, Learning Plus does not offer content tutoring.

Making Connections: The Initial Contact

Suggested practice: Please use welcoming language to encourage students who have disabilities to self-disclose. (For example: "As I walk around the classroom, please let me know if you have a special concern about developing your schedule for this semester.  Research indicates that a variety of needs including health issues, employment commitments, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, athletic/team responsibilities and physical disabilities should be taken into consideration in order to design a 'best-fit schedule.' If you disclose any of these issues to me, we can develop a schedule that meets your specific needs.")

Recommend CRW Mini-courses for students who have disabilities

(Hillyer students are not eligible for CRW Mini-courses).  For more information, contact the Center for Reading and Writing at x4312.