Learning Needs Evaluation Center
The LNEC assists in the identification of students with learning disabilities, attentional disorders, and other factors affecting academic functioning. The LNEC screening process begins with an initial intake interview, during which individual students meet with one of the LNEC clinicians to review relevant history and current difficulties and to make appropriate referrals. All students are eligible for these appointments. If it is determined through the initial interview that further assessment is warranted, student may be referred on for a screening evaluation (i.e., short test battery), which is designed to better assess their strengths and weaknesses and determine the likelihood of a learning disability or attentional disorder diagnosis. This evaluation is not diagnostic. All students who participate in the screening evaluation are given feedback about the results. If a learning or attentional disorder diagnosis appears to be present, the student is referred into the community for a more comprehensive and diagnostic assessment. These evaluations are at the students' expense. For those students for whom a learning disability or attentional disorder diagnosis does not seem likely, other appropriate services or resources are offered. These may include, but are not limited to, referrals to study skills workshops and/or groups, the Office of Academic Support, CAPS individual therapy or groups, and/or other referrals within the community.
To schedule an initial appointment, please call the LNEC front desk at 243-5180.
Students arriving at the University with a previously identified learning disability, attentional disorder, and/or other disability diagnosis (e.g., medical, physical, or psychiatric) reports are subject to review to determine eligibility for academic accommodations. All documentation is reviewed by one of LNEC's senior clinical staff. Students who disagree with these evaluations can request that their documentation be reviewed by a second reviewer, generally one of the members of the Testing Advisory Committee, which is composed of other psychologists on-Grounds. Following documentation review, students are given feedback about whether: (a) their documentation is appropriate; (b) what accommodations they are eligible for; and (c) LNEC procedures and policies. If students' documentation is not determined to be sufficient for accommodations, they are given recommendations for additional testing or other resources. In some instances, provisional accommodations may be provided on a short-term (i.e., one semester) basis to allow time for further testing.
Accommodation memos are prepared each semester in response to students' requests for accommodations. Students who are eligible for accommodations are asked to first complete a "green sheet," which details their course schedule and what accommodations, if any, they are requesting within each of their classes. Based on this green sheet, memos are prepared for each of their professors, detailing the accommodations recommended. Students are asked to deliver these memos to the faculty. Faculty members are asked to sign that they have reviewed and understand the accommodations listed and return the memos to LNEC.
Clinical Consultations and Walk-in Service Hours
LNEC staff are available for clinical consultations with students receiving accommodations and/or seeking assistance with academic difficulty. These consultations may take the form of study skills sessions, feedback about how to deal with a professor, academic advice, or referrals to other agencies. For those students who are unable to schedule a regular appointment time, walk-in office hours with senior LNEC clinical staff are also provided each week. Generally, four hour-long appointments are available each week for students on a walk-in basis during the course of the semester; however, this number is regularly reviewed and subject to revision in line with student use. Questions can be directed to the LNEC receptionist at 243-5180.
The Reading Program provides reading materials in alternate text formats for students with visual and print disabilities. Our program works with students to provide textbooks and other reading materials in a variety of accessible audio and electronic formats drawing from such resources as Learning Ally and Bookshare. Adaptive software, such as Kurzweil, JAWS and Dragon Naturally Speaking are also made available. The Reading Program is a collaborative program and students who are approved for this accommodation are expected to communicate their needs to the LNEC staff well ahead of time so that staff members have enough time to convert readings into alternate format. For questions please contact Debbie Berkeley or Shirley Atwood at 243-5180.
Peer Notetaking Program
The Peer Notetaking Program is provided for students with physical and/or cognitive disabilities who are unable to efficiently take notes in class. It may also be provided on a short-term basis for students with medical conditions that warrant hospitalization or class absences and/or students with temporary medical conditions (e.g., broken wrists). Student volunteers, who are recruited each semester by faculty, staff the Peer Notetaking Program. The program is managed by the LNEC Notetaking Coordinator, who is responsible for picking up and copying notes, keeping track of volunteers and the classes in which notes are coming in, problem-solving with faculty, volunteers, and students, and copying and distributing the notes to the students who are receiving them. For questions, please contact Nathaniel Hughes, at 243-5180.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HH) are managed by LNEC's Deaf and HH Services Coordinator. Services available for these students, faculty, and staff involve American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting, Computer-Assisted Real Time Transcription (CART), the use of Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), preferential seating, and other services as appropriate (e.g., Cued-Speech interpreting, individual assistance in foreign language classes, etc.). ASL interpreting is also provided by the LNEC for general University events, such as commencement and University symposia. This interpreting is generally provided by the Deaf and HH Services Coordinator; however, outside interpreters are used as needed. For questions, please contact Kate O'Varanese, at 243-5180.
Consultation and Outreach Services
Consultation with Prospective and Incoming Students
The LNEC staff are available to meet with prospective students and their families regarding disability accommodations and support services available through LNEC. The LNEC regularly acts as a liaison between these students and other University offices, including Housing, Parking & Transportation, and the Registrar. LNEC staff frequently present at local high schools on the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities and hold an orientation program each fall for incoming students with disabilities. Staff are also available at the University Summer Orientation programs to answer questions and provide information as needed.
The LNEC staff is available to consult with faculty about the provision of specific accommodations in their classrooms. Students receiving accommodations are asked to sign a release prior to the provision of services to allow this consultation. However, information that is shared is limited to that pertaining to academic support and generally does not include a student's diagnosis. LNEC staff also contribute materials to the Teaching Resource Center (TRC), which provides information to University faculty and teaching assistants. Plans are being reviewed to begin providing materials for new faculty orientation, which is sponsored by the TRC and the Provost's Office each fall.