Saturday, December 15, 2007

Support Higher Education Opportunities For Students With Learning Disabilities

Did you know that there has been a consistent increase in students with learning disabilities applying to postsecondary education in the past two decades?

Students with learning disabilities deserve the opportunity to be successful in college. However, there is a shortage of special education teachers and faculty on the college level. General education college teachers and professors also require training in learning how to differentiate instruction for students with learning disabilities.

Visit the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Legislative Action Center to learn more about how you can help support the passage of the current draft of the Higher Education Act bill.

FYI - I just sent this letter to my local representative.

Dear Local Representative,

I am writing to urge you to support the current draft of the Higher
Education Act of 1965 (HEA) reauthorization bill and to encourage you
to vote for the bill when it comes to the floor for final vote.

I strongly support the provisions that enhance opportunities for
students with learning disabilities in their pursuit of postsecondary
degrees.

I am encouraged and pleased to see that the current draft bill
includes many significant new provisions to enhance access to higher
education for students with disabilities, to address the shortage of
special education teachers and faculty and to improve the skills of
general education teachers in differentiating instruction for students
with disabilities.

In addition, I applaud the data-driven provisions you have included in
the bill that respond to the needs of students with disabilities to
ensure they have every opportunity to make a successful transition
into the adult phase of their lives.

With research-based differentiated instruction and qualified,
supported teachers, students with disabilities will receive the same
access and success as their peers.

Please support the current draft of the HEA reauthorization bill and
strongly encourage you to vote for the bill when it comes to the floor
for final vote.

Sincerely,

Ms. Christine Southard

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