Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Students with Learning Disabilities Get a Firm Grip on College

PUTNEY, Vt. – They have developed strategies to stay focused when lectures get boring, picked up tips for staying on top of homework and brushed up on their rights as college students with documented learning disabilities.
Now, they are working on their handshakes.
"No wet dishrags. Look me right in the eye," Landmark College professor Roxanne Hamilton coaches her students, who would soon scatter to campuses across the nation to start their freshman year. She tells them that a firm grip will project confidence when they ask for what they need to succeed — be it extra time on tests, access to an instructor's notes or a distraction-free place to study.

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