More students going to college with learning challenges

10:20 AM, Jan 26, 2012   |    comments
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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- The number of students enrolling in college with learning disabilities is growing. It's estimated that across the country about 10 percent of students have some sort of disability.

"Here at John Carroll we have about 5 percent of students with disabilities," says Allison West, the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities.

The college offers alternative testing sites, textbooks turned into audio books and additional time for projects and tests.

One student who benefitted from these services was Greg Nachman, who has Dyslexia. He received his teaching degree and now his graduate degree from John Carroll.

He was able to have textbooks transferred to audio, so it didn't take him so long to read class materials.

"Reading for me is a privilege, because it was so hard for me, " says Nachman. Because school was such a struggle for him, he also decided to become a teacher. He has been a math teacher at Cleveland Heights High School for three years.

"My students know I have Dyslexia, and they support me," says Nachman.


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