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Atoms and Molecules are not visible to the naked eye--neither are learning disabilities.

What is it actually like to have a learning disability?  Why do students who have learning disabilities behave the way they do?

Check out this series of videos (they are dated--but still relevant).  F.A.T. City--How Difficult Can This Be? (FAT= Frustration, Anxiety and Tension)






I'm so excited that you are moving on to college! Congratulations!

Not only can you continue to receive accommodations while you are going to college, but you may also be able to get to register for classes early (this is a huge benefit!)  I'm am attaching a link to Cal State LA's Office for Student's with Disabilities and the University of California's Office for Student with Disailibities so that you can get an idea of what you may need to do to continue to get help in school. (All Universities and Community Colleges have an Office for Students with Disabilities -- wherever you go next on your educational journey you can get extra assistance!)


This is from the procedures for Cal State LA. It describes some of the accomodations provided for students with disabilities:


"Accommodations may include architectural access changes; closed-in or adapted parking; preferential seating; library assistance; interpreters; real time captioning; note takers; extended time and/or alternative format for exams; text books or classroom handouts in accessible formats; auxiliary aids; and academic adjustments or other accommodations necessary for a particular individual’s needs in order to provide equivalent access to the programs and services of the university."


1. Go to the website of your college and find the Office of Disabilities to see how to get the help you need


2. You can read how this is done at Cal State LA, UCLA and West LA Community College through the provided links (it will be similar at all the other California Universities and Community Colleges)




Westchester High School

Developmental Reading (Learning Lab) Syllabus 2016-2017


Teacher:  Kathleen Garner

Email: kgarne2@lausd.net



Course Information:  This  course is a “study hall” period.  Students are to work on assignments for their other classes.  They will receive assistance from the Resource Specialist Teacher and aides as needed.  Assistance may include help with organization and planning in addition to help with class content.


Class Rules:    1.  Show respect to everyone in the room.    2.  Follow directions given by adults.  3.  Use appropriate classroom language and indoor voices.  4. Do your work, read a book, practice math, reading or writing skills—ask for help when you need it.



Students receive 20 points each week.  For each 5-week period they can accrue 100 points.  They are graded on a traditional grading scale:  90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C,

60-69 = D, 50 or fewer points = F.  (Absences will affect letter grades—students will have to do extra credit to earn back points lost when they are absent.  Extra credit might be researching and participating in community service opportunities, school clubs and writing a short essay or creating a poster or powerpoint.  It could also be researching universities and colleges or training needed for jobs of interest.  See Ms. Garner to arrange extra credit.)


Work habits grades are based on attendance, punctuality and staying on task.   3 or more tardies in a 5-week period will earn a U in work habits. 


Cooperation grades are based on students following class rules.




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