Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Summer Experience for Students With Learning Disabilities
Getting a head start on college life
High-school seniors with learning disabilities can get a head start on college life through a two-week residential summer program offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“The Summer Experience,” offered by Fairleigh Dickinson’s Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities, takes place on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck in July. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn two undergraduate credits. The program will provide specific learning strategies, interactions with key college staff, technology instruction, and orientation to college facilities and the surrounding community. This will include an introduction to the support services that will be available once the students begin their undergraduate studies.
Students will be exposed to time management and organizational strategies, research skills, metacognitive strategies and self-advocacy skills. They will have the opportunity for guided practice in applying these strategies to academic and social tasks. Cultural and social opportunities will address social skills, as well as provide academic experiences. Students will be housed in the university’s newest residence hall, Northpointe, which opened in October 2003.
This program is targeted to high-school seniors with learning disabilities who want to get an early start on their college experience. Such students often have difficulty with the transition from high school to college. An early introduction to the necessary strategies and available services can only increase their chances for success. To be eligible, students must have documented learning disabilities and provide two letters of recommendation from school and community leaders that attest to their character, attitude, and independent living skills. Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities.
The Regional Center at FDU, established in 1988, is one of five state-funded regional centers providing services to college students with learning disabilities. As these students pursue their undergraduate degrees at the university, this comprehensive program offers tailored support and services from professional staff in academics, advisement, and counseling.
“The Summer Experience” begins on July 11 and concludes on July 23, 2004. For more information, contact Dolores Rosko at (201) 692-2086. Additional information and a downloadable application can be found at the summer program website, http://inside.fdu.edu/pt/rosko2.html