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Office of Special Services

Learning Disability Assessments

  • Are you a strong visual and hands-on learner, but school is challenging for you?
  • Do you avoid reading or read very slowly? Or are your reading skills fine, but you have a difficult time remembering what you’ve read?
  • Do you frequently miss information during lectures?
  • Do you have strong math reasoning skills, but often make mistakes in your calculations?
  • Do you breeze through your English classes, but avoid Math at all costs?

Learning disability assessment is available to you at LACC.

You may qualify for academic accommodations that would help you to truly show your knowledge. Examples of accommodations are extended test time, audio textbooks, audio recorders/note taking assistance and specialized tutoring.

To qualify for testing, you must be enrolled in an academic LACC class (credit or non-credit). All counseling and testing are completely confidential.

If you are interested in testing, please contact our Learning Disability Specialist, to make an appointment to discuss how you learn and how we can be of help. Donna Morley 323-953-4000, ext. 2276 morleyda@lacitycollege.edu

Faculty are always welcome to refer students to the Learning Disabilities Specialist or to request a presentation on learning differences and OSS to their classroom. Please contact Donna Morley : morleyda@lacitycollege.edu


CHARACTERISTICS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY

Typical characteristics of LD students are listed below. Of course, no student has all these challenges.

Reading

• Confusion of similar words, difficulty using phonics, problems reading multisyllable words.

• Slow reading rate and/or difficulty adjusting speed to the nature of the reading task.

• Difficulty with comprehension and retention of material that is read, but not with material presented orally.

Writing

• Difficulty with sentence structure, poor grammar, omitted words.

• Frequent spelling errors, inconsistent spelling, letter reversals.

• Difficulty copying from board or overhead.

• Poorly formed letters, difficulty with spacing, capitals, and punctuation.

Oral Language

• Difficulty attending to spoken language, inconsistent concentration.

• Difficulty expressing ideas orally which the student seems to understand.

• Problems describing events or stories in proper sequence.

• Residual problems with grammar, difficulty with inflectional or derivational endings.

Math

• Difficulty memorizing basic facts.

• Confusion or reversal of numbers, number sequence, or operational symbols.

• Difficulty copying problems, aligning columns.

• Difficulty reading or comprehending word problems.

• Problems with reasoning and abstract concepts.

Study Skills

• Poor organization and time management.

• Difficulty following directions.

• Poor organization of notes and other written materials.

• Need more time to complete assignments.

Social Skills

• Confusion in spatial orientation, getting lost easily, difficulty following directions. Disorientation in time, difficulty telling time.

Check out the Learning Disabilities Flyer for more information.