Learning and Learning Disabilities Website

By Gerry Lewin, Learning Disabilities Specialist

Santa Barbara City College's DSPS promotes student success, which means equal access to learning for all students, and we specialize in access for those with disabilities. We are also committed to supporting faculty and staff in working with students with disabilities.

"Yellowstone," by Martha Day
To find out about her artwork, please contact her at mdayroses@gmail.com.
Permission must be obtained to use her copyrighted images.

Contents by Sections:

Information on Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder (Referrals, Definition, Services, Teaching, ADHD)

Teaching and Learning Ideas

Class & Strategies (DSPS 77, Visions, Self-Advocacy)

Art Gallery

Learning Resources

Web Connections



Art Credit: Raul Valdez Guerra

Information on Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder

1. What referral guidelines exist for screening the student for learning disabilities testing?

2. Where would a student attending SBCC go to find out about being tested for a learning disability?

3. How does the CA Community College system define a learning disability?

4. What is the range of possible DSPS services for a student with a learning disability?

5. Classroom Accommodations for the Student with a Learning Disability

6. What are a few ideas, models and methods for teaching students with learning disabilities? This is a network page with general teaching ideas as well as specific information on teaching students with learning disabilities. Universal design involves planning instruction in a way that makes learning possible for all learners. See also "Teaching and Learning Ideas" (below).

7. Attention Deficit Disorder Information for Teachers & for Students

Teaching and Learning Ideas

8. Principles and Methods for Adult Learners Updated for online presentation 8/05

9. Lesson Plan Considerations, an online printable form.

10. Cognitive Methods and their Relationship with Teaching and Learning Styles, from RCC's online professional development course for teachers, 4faculty; offers learning & teaching style inventories

11. Learning Styles Presentation; Table of Characteristics, Teaching Tips & Examples by Learning Style; Worksheet: "Designing a Lesson with Learning Styles in Mind"; Index of Learning Styles Online Questionnaire, by Soloman & Felder; Learning Styles and Strategies

12. Teaching and Learning weblinks

Class & Strategies

Student composing
13. DSPS 77: Writing & Reading Strategies Class
Writing Strategy
Rationale for DSPS 77 Strategies

14. Most recent Visions. Original Visions, the DSPS Student Publication.

15. What can you do to get started writing? Here are a few methods for completing your writing assignments.

16. What is this sea of symbols all about? Here are a few ways to get more out of your reading assignments.

17. Practice: Quotes, Poetry, Passages, Plays and Pictures

Picture Credit: "Writing at Starbucks", by Yolanda Chasteen

18. What questions might a self-advocate be able to answer?

19. How to meet challenges in the classroom, job or at home? Worksheets are available for you to connect a course's expectations, your learning profile and challenges, with your choice of appropriate accommodations and strategies.

Learning Resources

20. SBCC's Student Hub Learning, study, research resources; access to syllabi and assignments

21. Gyrus Learning Skills (a partial version; the urls are being renewed and will be posted as time permits).
Students: You may wish to use these with your content assignments to improve your academic performance. Teachers: You may wish to consider suggesting these to your students to assist them in mastering course content.

The Gyrus Learning Skills Index offers strands in Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills and Critical Thinking.

22. Study Pyramidsailboat

23. Time Management Tools

24. Study Skills Resources

25. Cornell Notetaking Form, based on work originally by Walter Pauk of Cornell University; plus Concept Mapping and Notebook Organization

26. Memory

27. Tips for Students by Students

28. Goals: Sun Diagram and Destination X

29. Confusing Words, an online searchable data base

einstein People

30. Famous People with Disabilities, by M'Liss Garza

31. Carol Greider, the 2009 Nobel laureate in medicine who has dyslexia, graduated from UCSB's the College of Creative Studies in 1983. The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity is featuring an article on Carol Greider.

32. Stephen Cannell, is a screenwriter and author who had dyslexia. View his video on dyslexia.

33. Victor Villaseñor, author and speaker with dyslexia. View his video about his life, dyslexia and ethnic roots.

34. Diane Swonk, is an economist who has dyslexia. You may see her on the national news giving financial predictions, summaries and advice at times. Read an interview, "Passionate Economist Finds Strength and Humanity in Her Dyslexia" by Linda Broatch, MA & Diane Swonk, MAE
Picture Credit: "Einstein", by Irene Rivetti

35. Jack Horner, Paleontologist, with Steven Spielberg

36. Maggie Aderin, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineer, Rocket Scientist and Science Educator

38. Blind Celebrities List (Tables), Text-based List, by Walter Wittich

39. Gerry Lewin's Background (author of this webpage)

Web Connections

40. Links 

Articles and Resources

41. The Galvin Group, L.L.C.

42. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

43. Robert Brooks, Psychotherapist: Articles on Resilience, Motivation, Self-Esteem, and Relationships; online newsletter available

44. Sang Mook-Li, NOVA Story of So. Korean Geo-Physicist Defying Stereotypes of Disabled

45. 'Dyslexia Defined: New Yale Study "Uncouples" Reading and IQ Over Time', Yale University

46. "Overcoming Dyslexia" by Betsy Morris, Lisa Munoz, and Patrica Neering, Fortune, CN

47. Tutor Inservice


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