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1 Improving supports and services for dyslexic post-secondary students in Canada: implications for international venues Dr. Allyson G. Harrison Regional Assessment & Resource Centre

2 Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF) Government appointed task force

3 Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF) Government appointed task force $30,000,000 grant given for 5 year project

4 Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF) Government appointed task force $30,000,000 grant given for 5 year project Initiate & oversee a series of pilot projects to enhance transition of students with dyslexia & other specific learning disabilities into post ‑ secondary education

5 Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF) Government appointed task force $30,000,000 grant given for 5 year project Initiate & oversee a series of pilot projects to enhance transition of students with dyslexia & other specific learning disabilities into post ‑ secondary education Evaluate what supports, services and accommodations best assist these students in meeting their educational goals.

6 Initial Pilot projects 8 pilot projects in 13 post ‑ secondary educational institutions: 9 community colleges and 4 universities

7 Initial Pilot projects 8 pilot projects in 13 post ‑ secondary educational institutions: 9 community colleges and 4 universities Students first entered these pilot projects in September, 1998.

8 Initial Pilot projects 8 pilot projects in 13 post ‑ secondary educational institutions: 9 community colleges and 4 universities Students first entered these pilot projects in September, In total, 1,242 students who met rigorous eligibility criteria and actively participated in the research over life of task force.

9 Basic requirements of Pilots Students enrolled had to meet strict diagnostic criteria to be included.

10 Basic requirements of Pilots Students enrolled had to meet strict diagnostic criteria to be included. Academic requirements could not be reduced or modified: students had to demonstrate competence in essential requirements of each program or course.

11 Basic requirements of Pilots Students enrolled had to meet strict diagnostic criteria to be included. Academic requirements could not be reduced or modified: students had to demonstrate competence in essential requirements of each program or course. Accommodations, supports and programs had to be easily provided. “Any institution could implement”.

12 Types of projects 1.6 wk Summer transition program In addition to regular academic supports….

13 Types of projects 1.6 wk Summer transition program 2.Intensive upgrading and support programs for mature students wanting to re-enter post-secondary In addition to regular academic supports….

14 Types of projects 1.6 wk Summer transition program 2.Intensive upgrading and support programs for mature students wanting to re-enter post- secondary 3.Intensive support from Learning strategists and Adaptive Technology specialists In addition to regular academic supports….

15 Types of projects 1.6 wk Summer transition program 2.Intensive upgrading and support programs for mature students wanting to re-enter post- secondary 3.Intensive support from Learning strategists and Adaptive Technology specialists 4.After school peer tutoring/support In addition to regular academic supports….

16 Types of projects 1.6 wk Summer transition program 2.Intensive upgrading and support programs for mature students wanting to re-enter post-secondary 3.Intensive support from Learning strategists and Adaptive Technology specialists 4.After school peer tutoring/support 5.The 3 French pilots had to be discontinued after year 2 In addition to regular academic supports….

17 Key Finding: student success Students with Dyslexia are as able to succeed in post-secondary as non-disabled provided that: 1.Their strengths & needs properly diagnosed 2.They get help & accommodations they need in school 3.There is appropriate transition planning, & 4.They can access appropriate help during post-secondary education

18 Key finding related to assessment 1.Most students (85%) arrived with minimal, inadequate, or no proper documentation. These students required (re-)assessment. *In no other area of permanent disability does someone have to wait until post- secondary to obtain a proper diagnosis. *No other area has such diagnostic diversity!

19 Key Finding: Transition support Students who participated in the intensive transition courses: 1.Had, on average, first year marks that were 15% higher than their similarly disabled Dyslexic peers (who were not in the program). 2.Had higher graduating averages than their non-disabled peers.

20 Key finding: Learning strategy & assistive technology support 1.Pilot students most benefited from: Learning strategies supports Assistive technology provided by staff with expertise in Dyslexia Almost all students cited assistive technology & learning/metacognitive strategies as the most useful components of each program.

21 Key finding: Institutional responsibility 1.External barriers to student success: Limited faculty awareness & understanding of Dyslexia and how it impacts upon learning Negative faculty attitudes towards accommodation requests 2.Importance of “fertile ground” cannot be discounted. Upper level support is crucial.

22 Key finding: Funding 1.Need to provide specific funding for Dyslexic students to allow them to purchase assistive technology, and also proper assessments. 2.Need for adjustments to the governments’ direct funding of supports in post- secondary studies for students with disabilities

23 Key finding: Access to post- secondary education The majority of pilot students reported that in secondary school they had no access to: Useful special education supports

24 Key finding: Access to post- secondary education The majority of pilot students reported that in secondary school they had no access to: Useful special education supports Assistive technology or other appropriate disability-specific accommodations

25 Key finding: Access to post- secondary education The majority of pilot students reported that in secondary school they had no access to: Useful special education supports Assistive technology or other appropriate disability-specific accommodations Meaningful individualized transition plans

26 Key finding: Access to post- secondary education The majority of pilot students reported that in secondary school they had no access to: Useful special education supports Assistive technology or other appropriate disability- specific accommodations Meaningful individualized transition plans Most left high school feeling that they did not really understand their disability or how best to cope apart from using extra time.

27 LOTF findings substantiate… Need to shrink class sizes & to individualize supports Importance of knowing how to use assistive technology and the benefits they provide to dyslexic students Importance of being able to self-advocate The usefulness of a transition program The need for comprehensive and accurate diagnosis of disability.

28 Legacy Funding for each post-secondary institution to hire at least one learning strategist (LS) and one adaptive technologist (AT) Specialized on-line training for learning strategists and adaptive technologists (Cambrian) Establishment of two Regional Assessment Centres with Mobile Assessment capability

29 Legacy French Language Assessment Project Longitudinal study of grads of pilot projects Universal instructional design initiatives Transition support, including summer and high-school-based transition courses


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