Fatima Moreno is second year student at Montgomery College Takoma Park Camp. Fatima has a Learning Disability and uses Disability Support Services DDS. However, at the start of her college career. Fatima was not confident with disclosing her disability, this made the process of requesting accommodation both overwhelmed and intimidated. with the process of requesting accommodations. But, after working with the Youth Transitional Specialist at Independent Now, on Identifying several accommodations. Fatima did not only have better understanding of how her LD contributes to her learning style. And, today Fatima is able to request services from DSS independently and is able to articulate what she needs for her instructors, which has contributed to her success. In the fall 2019, Fatima enrolled in first credit college courses and received An in Psychology.
- One in every two students with a learning disability faced a school disciplinary action such as suspension or expulsion in 2011.
- Black and Hispanic students with disabilities experience much higher rates of school disciplinary actions, higher rates of drop out and lower rates of graduation.
- One-third of students with LD have been held back in a grade at least once.
- Students with LD earn lower grades and experience higher rates of course failure