The Learning Differences Program (LDP) was established at Westminster College in the 1970s and 40 years later continues to provide the encouragement and support that students diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders need to be successful learners in the academic environment they share with regularly admitted students.
Students selected for participation in the LDP represent about five percent of the total student population at Westminster. Long a part of Westminster's academic life, faculty, staff, and administrators readily accept and help accommodate students enrolled in the LDP.
The LDP's services are tailored to meet the specific needs of students with professionally diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders, including Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Learning Disorder, and Disorder of Written Expression. Services include:
- One-on-one academic advising;
- Enrollment in supplemental courses designed to encourage and support academic success in the Humanities, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and Social Sciences;
- Extended-time testing;
- Class notes;
- Audio resources;
- Access to a quiet and/or supportive study environment;
- The development of access plans describing the functional impact of documented disabilities in academic coursework and housing and identifying and requesting adaptations; and
- Communications with parents and members of the faculty, administration, and staff as wanted and/or needed.
Students who are admitted to and enroll in the Learning Differences Program pay an additional fee for each semester they are in the program. For more information on the current fee schedule, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 1-800-475-3361.