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:

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



 Learning Skills 60:

  • Supports students in DVC course work emphasizing special learning strategies for the student's learning needs

Learning Skills 151:

  • Students learn classroom skills: note taking; taking tests; reading text books; creating study tools, etc.

Learning Skills 56:

  • Students learn adaptive computer technology and software programs. (See High Tech Center)


Learning Skills Program

High Tech Center:

  • Word processing
  • Spell checking
  • Grammar checking
  • Cognitive software programs


Equipment Loan:

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


Alternate Media Services:

  • Enrollment with Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic to receive taped texts.
  • Transferring textbooks and class materials into alternate formats.


Testing accommodations:

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


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