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LDSP FAQ

  • How do I make an appointment?

    To schedule an exam time, students can email us (ldsp@svc.edu), call us (802-447-6372), or they can sign up electronically.
    https://goo.gl/forms/jK6ZqHLmMfntqrTO2

    Students can also sign up for tutoring, academic counseling or make other appointments with many of the CTL staff using http://ctl-at-svc.genbook.com, and can email us (ldsp@svc.edu), or call us (802-447-6372).

  • What kind of documentation do I need to provide to access accommodations?

    Relevant supporting documentation may include:
    ● Recent WAIS-R (within three years) including subscores;
    ● Psycho-educational evaluation specifying the nature of the learning disability;
    ● Individually administered achievement test in reading skills and comprehension, math, and spelling, with grade equivalents;
    ● IEP (Individual Education Plan); or 504 Plan.

  • When should I provide this documentation?

    The College expects the student to provide timely notice of a documented disability to the LDSP Coordinator for verification and for evaluation of available options. Once it is determined that the disability meets the criteria defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the student is responsible for presenting to each course professor what reasonable accommodations may be necessary. It is highly recommended that the student disclose this information to instructors within the first two weeks of the semester to ensure the best use of resources and the greatest benefit to the student.

    Any information related to the student’s disability will be kept strictly confidential.

  • Will my professors know I have a disability? How do I access accommodations?

    Through the Learning Differences Support Program (LDSP), Southern Vermont College provides reasonable accommodations to students with a documented disability and who request such accommodations.

    The process for this self-disclosure involves students providing the Learning Differences Support Program with documentation verifying that a disability exists and identifying the nature of the disability. The LDSP office will create a learning profile shared with the student, which the student then shares with individual professors. The learning profile does not identify the student’s disability.

  • Is the LDSP right for me?

    Applicants considering the LDSP should be aware of the following points when deciding whether the program is appropriate for their needs:

    Reasonable accommodations cannot alter academic curriculum or course methodology.

    ● Participants in the program should possess skills in the average range in the areas of reasoning and conceptual ability and a profile that suggests the ability to succeed in college despite language-based disabilities and/or other deficit areas.
    ● As ideal preparation for SVC, students should have at least a 9th-grade level of reading comprehension.
    ● Participants should typically plan for 30-minute tutoring sessions no more than two to three times a week.
    ● Participants needing a reduced courseload may take three classes and still be considered full- time students

    The Office of Admission does not consider information regarding a student’s disability in admissions decisions; nonetheless, the College strongly recommends that applicants with disabilities contact the LDSP staff to determine if the College and the LDSP will be appropriate for them. For more information: http://svc.edu/student/learning-differences-support-program or contact the LDSP Office at 802-447-6372, (ldsp@svc.edu).

  • What if I have a physical disability?

    Southern Vermont College is committed to educating all academically qualified students, regardless of disability. The College provides varying levels of support and accommodations for students with physical disabilities, depending on their individual needs. The student must provide specific documentation specifying the nature of the disability. This documentation will assist the LDSP staff in planning appropriate support and accommodations for each student. In addition to the services listed above, accommodations may also include accessible parking, early registration for the purpose of scheduling classes in accessible locations, shared notes or note-takers and adaptive computer software.

  • What are some limitations of your services?

    SVC staff are not able to monitor individual students’ medications, read exams to students, or assist with activities for daily living. Students who require additional support with a disability or mental-health challenge should obtain a referral for a local provider through the Counseling Center or Health Services.

  • What are your hours?

    Darcy Oakes: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Room 312
    Stefano Donati: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Room 308
    Testing Area (for those without documented disabilities) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Room 313

    The Learning Differences Support Program (LDSP) offers a highly supportive environment for students with documentation of significant educational need. Reasonable accommodations that match the area of documented need are available to students who qualify. LDSP support and resources are tailored to a student’s individual learning style, strengths, and needs. For more information: http://svc.edu/student/learning-differences-support-program or contact the LDSP Office at 802-447-6372, (ldsp@svc.edu).

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