Learning Disabilities


A learning disability in California Community College adults is a persistent condition of presumed neurological dysfunction which may also exist with other disabling conditions. This dysfunction continues despite instruction in standard classroom situations. Learning disabled adults, a heterogeneous group, have these common attributes:

  • average to above average intellectual ability;
  • severe processing deficit;
  • severe aptitude-achievement discrepancy(ies); and
  • measured achievement in an instructional or employment setting.

Learning skills program

High tech center

  • Word processing
  • Spell checking
  • Grammar checking
  • Smart pens
  • Zoom text and JAWS  are screen readers
  • Dragon and other speech to text programs

Equipment loan

  • Tape recording of lectures
  • Alpha Smart mini note taking device
  • MP3 players

Alternate media services

  • Transferring textbooks and class materials into alternate formats.
  • Enrollment with Learning Ally to receive taped texts

Testing accommodations

  • Extended time
  • Distraction free environment
  • Kurzweil
  • Use of a computer