Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
April 30, 2004
U of G program prepares students with learning disabilities for university
The University of Guelph is helping to give students with learning disabilities the information and confidence they need to succeed at university through a week-long Pre-Flight summer preparation program.
From July 2 to 9, Pre-Flight participants will complete written and oral assignments and tests while having the distractions of living in residence, meeting new people and trying to squeeze in social activities. Any Ontario high school student with a learning disability who plans to attend university somewhere in the province this September is invited to apply by May 21.
Through group and one-on-one workshops, Pre-Flight students become aware of their own learning style and of resources that will be of use to them. They also have the opportunity to experiment with how adaptive technologies can help them with their course work before they’re faced with real assignments.
Slater said that watching Marley, Sweet and the other participants come out of their shells throughout the week and leave knowing that they aren’t alone in their learning challenges is one of the greatest rewards of the program. “It’s rare to get a group of people together who have had these similar challenges, and I think that’s one of the things that really brought them together,” said Slater.
Funding provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Learning Opportunities Task Force allows U of G to offer the program free of charge for 20 successful applicants. Applications and more information about the Pre-Flight summer program are available online at www.counselling.uoguelph.ca/csd/update/Preflight/preflighthome.html.
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