Academic Skills

Universal Design for Learning: The Metaphorical Ramp to Curricular Content

Teachers in elementary schools, high schools, and college classrooms alike constantly ask themselves similar questions: Why aren’t my students performing well on tests? Why aren’t my students understanding the concepts I am teaching them? Why aren’t my students meeting the requisite benchmarks? What disability does my student have that is preventing them from accessing my… Read more »

If Only College Were As Easy As Calculus: The Only Three Questions That Should Be On A College Entrance Exam

SAT’s, ACT’s, AP Courses, AP Subject Exams, test prep, causes and effects of the Russian Revolution, pythagorean theorems and quadratic equations, mitosis, and Newton’s three laws.  Fully fill in the bubble.  Triple-check the answer sheet.  Re-write the entrance essay – again. This is what we generally think of when it comes to college preparation, and… Read more »

The Graduate Student Perspective: A Summer Internship Experience Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Following the completion of my first year in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration graduate program at The University of Vermont, I began a summer internship with Mansfield Hall, an academic and residential support program for students with a variety of learning needs, including high-functioning autism, executive function challenges, and various learning disabilities. Students… Read more »

College and Asperger’s Syndrome: Stress and Learning

Stressed? If you answer “no” to that simple question, you are in the tiny minority of people who are not afflicted by the great epidemic of our time.  All of us feel the weight of responsibilities, the unsettledness of modern life.  At Mansfield Hall, we see it writ large in the everyday lives of our… Read more »

CIP Worldwide and College Living Experience (CLE): How do we differ?

We often get asked how we differ from our friends at CIP Worldwide (College Internship Program) and CLE (College Living Experience). Although we all serve the mission of providing college opportunities, our college support programs differ in some key ways. A requirement for Mansfield Hall students is that they are interested in pursuing a college… Read more »

Accommodations and Modifications in College: Accommodating College

One of the most common inquiries we receive is related to the availability of accommodations in the post-secondary environment. Accommodations are supports and services provided on college campuses to provide qualified students with disabilities equal access and the opportunity to benefit from classes, activities and programs. Academic accommodations must be authorized by what is generally… Read more »

College Learning and Living: The importance of stretching beyond our comfort zone

Fishing is a popular pastime in my family and has become my favorite way to spend free time as an adult. There are many expressions and phrases that I have heard over the years related to fishing. However, there is one that I use regularly today both on and off the water: “You can’t catch a fish if you don’t put a line in the water.”