Founded in 1979, the Learning Disabilities Program at Westfield State University offers a supportive academic setting where students with learning differences, that are learning disability or ADHD based, can flourish. A professional Program Advisor is assigned to each new student in the Learning Disabilities Program. The Advisor helps students to master their individual learning strengths and assists students in becoming fully independent learners.
Admission into the Learning Disabilities Program is competitive, and decisions are made on an individual basis after a thorough review of all application materials. Successful applicants will demonstrate their potential to engage in college level academics and have a diagnosis of a learning disability and/or ADHD. Students who wish to apply should check the appropriate box on the Westfield State University application and submit the documents mentioned below.
Applicants to the program are not required to submit SAT scores. Instead, applicants are required to submit the following to the Office of Admissions with the application and application fee:
Applicants who submit a reflective personal statement and academic recommendations from two subject area teachers will receive preferential review. Academic record, strength of schedule, recommendations and academic unit requirements are also considered for admission of students with learning disabilities.
Under Massachusetts state law, SAT scores may be waived for students with documented learning disabilities. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education also allows students with language-based disabilities to substitute two college preparatory units in humanities or social sciences for the foreign language requirement.
PRIORITY DEADLINE for applications to the Learning Disabilities Program is February 1.
The services available are discussed with each student in the Learning Disabilities Program. Services include the following:
Due to the individualized nature of learning disabilities, all reasonable accommodations are determined on an case-by-case, individual basis. Students must request classroom accommodations each semester and make timely requests for all others. Please discuss the timeliness of reasonable accommodation requests with your program advisor. The Reasonable Accommodations Request form is available here and in the Banacos Academic Center. The Learning Disabilities Program also provides a wide array of reasonable and appropriate accommodations to its students with addtional diagnosed disabilities such as physical, psychological, or medical challenges. Students are expected to provide current documentation of any disability for which they request reasonable accommodation.
Reasonable accommodations that are available include, but are not limited to, the following: