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Office for Students with Disabilities

Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities is a generic term referring to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by a significant difficulties in the following: acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning or mathematical abilities. These disorders are intrinsic to the individual and presumed to be due to a central nervous system dysfunction.

Students with learning disabilities may find the transition to college challenging. Typical concerns for students with learning disabilities may include one or more of the following: slow reading/processing rate; poor memory skills; problems organizing and sequencing ideas; frequent spelling errors; difficulty taking notes; low math reasoning; problems with basic math operations; poor study skills; difficulty organizing‚ planning‚ and completing tasks. With reasonable classroom accommodations and individualized learning strategies‚ students can generally learn to compensate for these problems and manage their academic expectations competently.

It is recommended that students with learning disabilities who are preparing to enter CSULA register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD ) soon after acceptance. The OSD can play a vital role in providing students with information‚ strategies‚ other campus resources‚ and support to improve their efforts in making these transitions and completing their educational degree programs.

Students must provide a current psychological assessment using adult measures as documentation of their diagnosis to the OSD and schedule an appointment to discuss their accommodation needs. See Learning Disability documentation guidelines for more information.

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Last Update: 08/10/2010