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College Program

The Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders offers the following services through a college program for students with dyslexia and/or related learning disorders enrolled at Nicholls State University:

  • Assigned coordinator-Students will be assigned a coordinator to assist with transitioning to college.
  • Support system– Students receive help integrating into the University and the Center.
  • Remediation– Students receive specialized tutoring in English, math, history, government, business related courses, etc.
  • Academic planning– Students receive assistance in scheduling and registration services.
  • Resources– Students have access to computers with special technology to assist with classroom assignments.
  • Classroom and testing accommodations– Students receive the classroom and testing accommodations for which they are eligible based on their evaluation.
  • Distraction limited environment-Students receive a distraction limited testing room for testing accommodations and a distraction limited study room to complete classroom assignments.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the college program offered by the Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders, students must:

  1. Be accepted into Nicholls State University
  2. Complete Application Process by submitting required documentation of dyslexia and/or related learning disorder diagnosis with application

Documentation Requirements:

Documentation submitted with the Application to the Dyslexia Center must:

  1. Be completed by a licensed professional qualified to make the diagnosis.
  2. Be typed on official letterhead and signed by the qualified licensed professional including licensing information.
  3. Be completed within the past three years.
  4. Clearly state a diagnosis of dyslexia and/or related learning disorder.
  5. Include the screening tests and scores used to determine the diagnosis.  The screening tests must include but are not limited to the following:
    1. Measure(s) of general cognitive ability
    2. Measure(s) of single word identification and phonological processing
    3. Measure(s) of reading comprehension (preferably timed and untimed)
    4. Measure(s) of written expression
  6. Have verification of average or above average intellectual abilities.
  7. Include complete educational, developmental and medical history relevant to the diagnosis.
  8. Include a list of accommodations appropriate to college.  Provided is a list of suggested college accommodations:
    • Extended time for tests and in class assignments
    • Reader for Tests
    • Use of Calculator
    • Use of Dictionary
    • Use of Recording Device
    • Note-taker
    • Preferential Seating
    • Use of Computer for Written Assignments
    • Provide Additional Directions
    • Provide List of Required Textbooks Early to Obtain Textbooks on Reading Software
    • Read Tests Orally
    • Distraction Limited Testing Room
    • Essay Read Back
    • Omit/Prorate Spelling
    • Avoid Scheduling Consecutive Testing Sessions
    • Test Questions Rephrased

**We recommend that when students apply to NSU, students should submit application and required documentation to the Dyslexia Center.

Application

Application Deadlines:

  • August 1 deadline/Fall semester
  • January 1 deadline/Spring semester
  • May 1 deadline/Summer semester

Semester Fee Schedule:

  • $525.00 Per Semester (Fall or Spring)
  • $325.00 Summer Semester

Policy Manual:

Contacts:

munson-ashley.jpg Ashley D. Munson, M.Ed.
Senior Program Coordinator
164 Peltier Hall
P.O. Box 2050
Thibodaux, La. 70310
(985) 449-7044
Tracy Purvis, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
166-C Peltier Hall
P.O. Box 2050
Thibodaux, La. 70310
(985) 449-7188
hymel-octave.jpg Octave Hymel, M.B.A
Program Coordinator
166-A Peltier Hall
P.O. Box 2050
Thibodaux, La. 70310
(985) 449-7023
hebert-rachel.jpg Rachel Hebert, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
166-B Peltier Hall
P.O. Box 2050
Thibodaux, La. 70310
(985) 449-2569
Sue Benoit
Administrative Coordinator 3
163 Peltier Hall
P.O. Box 2050
Thibodaux, La. 70310
(985) 449-7194
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