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College Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Reality check: no one is going to wake you up in college. In fact, your parents are likely at home sipping Bloody Marys discussing how nice it is to have turned your room into the guest room and how relaxing the mornings have become without having to pound on your door repeatedly. Similarly, no matter… Read more »

Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities in class at Mansfield Hall

College should, and can, be a place where all types of students can learn, grow, and thrive – including students with identified learning disabilities and/or learning differences.  Making the transition from home and high school academics to college and independence is a complex transition, and there are some key things that students with learning disabilities… Read more »

Coaching Diverse Learners to Success

In the United States Marine Corps (USMC) thirteen week bootcamp, many lessons are imparted to recruits from their drill instructors. One more recent lesson specifically designed by the USMC is to awaken a recruit’s internal locus of control. This is the belief that people can influence their future by the choices they make in the… Read more »

Registration is now open for The College Inclusion Summit

An intensive three-day gathering for professionals working with campus-based and independent programs that support degree-seeking college students with Autism and related learning differences. Please join us as we gather for a working meeting to discuss successful strategies, challenges and current research related to the support of college students on the Autism Spectrum or related learning… Read more »

Education, Empowerment, and Community: The Women of Mansfield Hall

On Saturday, March 25th, a group of 16 women gathered in the Mansfield Hall cafe in leggings and athletic wear.  Donuts from Dunkin, combined with the promise of punching and kicking out some stress or anger, served as adequate motivation for a morning event – even on the weekend. As a community (students, fellows, interns,… Read more »

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 »

Because We are All Family: Guaranteeing Paid Leave for New Parents at Mansfield Hall

New families and employees will often hear “Welcome to the Mansfield Family” on their first day. We don’t mean this lightly. Everything we do at Mansfield Hall is centered around building community. And, as most know, a tight community is no different than family. From our parents, to our students, our fellows, our staff, and even… Read more »

A Rally Cry for Diverse Learners Heading to College

Rise Up My Fellow Jackhammers and Set Your Sights on the Stairs that Rise Before You. The commencement of a new college year is upon us and the call to those who challenge the paradigm of these institutions is louder now than it ever has been. I call upon you, my fellow jackhammer, to rise… Read more »