Villanova students with cognitive disabilities meet the same competitive requirements for admission as all other Villanova students. As a group, they are intelligent, creative, and dedicated to their studies.
The following are some of the classic academic characteristics that students may display in the classroom. Each student is different and therefore, the severity of the disability is different. Many students experience some difficulty in a number of these categories.
A student that exhibits some of the oral and written language difficulties mentioned below is not necessarily cognitive disabled. However, students with cognitive disabilities may have trouble in most of the areas, though the exact degree of difficulty will vary.
The most critical issue for students with cognitive disabilities is constantly facing a shortage of time. Everything takes longer for them, so the student will often experience fatigue and frustration. The student is usually taught under a traditional education system which may test to their disabilities rather than their strengths. Students cannot change the way they process information, but they can learn to compensate for their disability and make use of techniques that will strengthen their skills.