The mission of Beacon College is to offer Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees to students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Learning disabilities (LDs) affect how a person learns to read, write, hear, speak, and calculate. An LD is essentially an unexplained difficulty in acquiring academic skills for someone of average or above average intelligence. Learning disabilities are considered disabilities when they interfere significantly with academic (or related) performance.
Learning disabilities are not the same as mental or physical disabilities, deafness, or blindness. However, learning disabilities may occur together with mental or physical disabilities.
There are many kinds of learning disabilities. The following is a list of the most common LDs:
Dysgraphia (written expression)
Dyspraxia (fine motor skills)
Reading disabilities (e.g., “dyslexia”) (processing language, reading, writing, and spelling)
Language-based disabilities (e.g., expressive language disability)
Processing disorders (auditory processing, visual processing)
Nonverbal learning disabilities (problems with nonverbal information).
Approximately 56% of the students at Beacon College have ADHD, which stands for Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder is considered a chronic disorder. This means that it is not a short-term condition; it is expected to continue throughout a person’s life. For people with ADHD, it can be quite difficult to control their behavior and/or pay attention. The principal characteristics of ADHD are unusually high levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.When a person’s hyperactivity, inattention, or impulsivity begins to affect performance in several settings, such as work, school, or home, ADHD may be the cause.
Learning disabilities and ADHD can certainly make learning more difficult, but not impossible. Our students prove this each day, when they engage in high level creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. We are proud of our students and their accomplishments, such as obtaining graduate degrees, working in a vast array of employment arenas, and being life-long learners.
~ Dr. Shelly Chandler