Independence

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Goal Setting for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome

Why goal setting takes time. Because it is a risk. Because it means saying out loud (at least to ourselves, but probably to others) that we want to change, grow, and build new skills. This takes courage. This takes hard work. This is vulnerable. We might falter, or flail, or possibly even fail. And failure… Read more »

In Defense of The Much-Maligned Helicopter Parent – And What Comes Next

The term “Helicopter Parent” was coined in the late 1960’s by Dr. Haim Ginott, who quoted a student describing his mother, who “hovers over me like a helicopter…”  Although in light use through the late 1990’s, the term’s usage gained momentum in the early 2000’s as a new generation of technology-connected young adults, raised in… Read more »

College Support Programs for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: The Services Cliff

College Support Programs for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome: High School, The Services Cliff, The Buffet Approach, And How To Find the Help You Need In College In November of 1975 then President Gerald Ford signed into law the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which dictates that all public schools (K-12) provide all students “a… Read more »

Rethinking Everything…Literally: College Students with Aspergers Syndrome

Originally published in Inside Higher Ed on December 12, 2014 These days, I find myself in the company of very different students. They live together in a residential and academic support program that was created to help high-functioning students with Asperger’s Syndrome, or students with significant executive function challenges, succeed in college. We provide a… Read more »