Dear Faculty/Staff Member,
While in the past the Office of Learning Support Services has solely been a resource for students with documented disabilities, we are pleased to inform you that our services are now available to all students. In addition to the increasing number of students with disabilities enrolling in courses at Villanova, there are an even larger number of students requiring instruction and guidance in the areas of time management, test-taking skills, and study skills. While it is essential that you, the faculty, understand the laws pertaining to the students with disabilities and are acquainted with the characteristics of the many "hidden" disabilities that you may encounter in the classroom, it is also important that you recognize those non-disabled students who are struggling with the daily rigors of college academics. The Office of Learning Support Services strives to meet the needs of both students with disabilities and those students who are encountering difficulties with organization and time management, as well as with adjusting to the academic demands of college.
Students bring a unique set of strengths and experiences to college, and students with disabilities are no exception. The range of disabilities includes sensory impairments, neurologically-based disorders, learning disabilities, and those disabled by chronic health and psychological disorders. While the students may learn in different ways, it does not imply diminished ability. Prospective students complete standard admissions application processes and must meet the same criteria as other students. The disclosure of a disability during the admission process is not required but information about services is included with the freshman packet and students are encouraged to meet with Learning Support Services to discuss specific needs. Academic accommodations cannot be made without appropriate documentation.
Each year over 300 students with permanent disabilities receive academic accommodations. This includes undergraduate and graduate students attending either full or part time. Not included in this number are students with physical disabilities serviced through Student Life's Office of Disability Services and Steve McWilliams. Undoubtedly there are many more students that would be eligible but for various reasons they do not request accommodations. Although students without a documented disability who are struggling academically are not eligible to receive classroom accommodations, they will surely benefit from the workshops and individualized coaching sessions which are available to them through Learning Support Services. Your assistance in encouraging these students to contact our office is most appreciated.
We hope you find this web site a helpful resource in working with your students. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Nancy Mott, Director
Lynn Burke, Learning Specialist
Nicole Subik, Learning Specialist