Virtual Learning Series

Our Virtual Learning Series is a free informational webinar series built on more than 30 years of experience working exclusively with students who learn differently. Each topic is designed to help parents and educators understand the unique challenges facing students entering college with learning differences and equip you with key strategies to support these students on their journey.

Founded in 1989 by parents seeking a better option for students who learn differently, Beacon College was the first in the nation accredited to award bachelor degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities and ADHD. The College has grown significantly over the years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is its commitment to student success. Beacon continues to add research-based programming designed to support students who learn differently on their journey to college success. The Virtual Learning Series is available for free to all, with the goal of supporting students and families looking for proactive college transition planning.

2022-23 Event Schedule

Our 2022-23 live Virtual Learning Series webinars have concluded! All event recordings are available to access here. If you have feedback or suggestions for next year’s series topics, please email Tiffany Calderara at

  • October 18, 2022 at 6 p.m. EST – The Big Picture View Comparing and Contrasting High School and College
    The transition from high school to college is huge – it goes beyond more challenging academics into a completely new environment, social expectations, independence in life skills, self-driven accommodations, and more. It can be difficult for families to evaluate the demands this will put on a student’s existing social and executive functioning skills, and mental health. This session will provide insights on the major shifts from high school to college while providing a tool families can use to anticipate challenges and simplify the college choice and evaluation process.

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  • November 8, 2022 at 6 p.m. EST – The Role of Higher Education in Career Development
    You may have heard statistics about how college graduates go on to earn more lifetime income when compared with non-graduates, but what about the stories of the grad school grad who goes on to become a barista? Or the grim statistics about individuals with learning disabilities struggling to be gainfully employed? In this Learning Series session, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of how pursuing higher education, along with support services, benefits graduates with learning disabilities and helps them access gainful employment.

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  • December 13, 2022 at 6 p.m. EST – Choosing a Major
    So, choosing a major is as simple as deciding on what you like and don’t like, right? The old adage of making a career out of doing something you love is outdated in our fast-paced, complex times. Careers today are more technical, in-depth – with the good, the bad, and the ugly. For students with learning disabilities, figuring out what you enjoy doing, what you are good at, and how those relate to the job market, is a formidable challenge. Join us in this Learning Series session as we take apart popular majors like Game Design and compare that to another popular major, Hospitality, to get a better idea of what you need to keep in mind when choosing a major.

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  • January 10, 2023 at 6 p.m. EST – Preparing for Community Living: The Challenges and Rewards of Dorm-Living
    One of the most unforgettable experiences, community living at college, presents students with the opportunity to create meaningful, lasting friendships, to be exposed to more interests, and removes a student from the comfort and shelter of home. For students who experience learning disabilities, navigating unfamiliar social territory is a huge challenge. In this Learning Series session, you will learn how to best prepare your future collegiate to relish and thrive in a community living experience, and how to manage the rich, teaching moments known as conflicts.

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  • February 21, 2023 at 6 p.m. EST – The Social Norms in College
    Is your future collegian ready for the social and relationship demands of college? What are the social skills needed to present their best self and move comfortably through varied social groups and expectations? This session will provide key social skills needed to adjust to this new social environment as well as tasks that can help students get started. Each attendee will take away a simple checklist to help your student present their best self and successfully join the community they plan to learn and live in.

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  • March 15, 2023 at 6 p.m. EST – The Role of Executive Functioning in College
    College is a time for independence, challenging studies, adulting… and making it to class, managing last minute changes, completing assignments, and many other executive functioning-focused demands. This session presents common scenarios that the independent student encounters along with simple tools and tips to bypass perceived failure.

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Previous Session Recordings

In the past two years, we hosted more than 1200 parents and educators across our various Virtual Learning Series webinars. The recordings are still available to those who are interested in revisiting these topics.

Group in front of RAP Hall


Apr. 2022

This session explores strategies for students who learn differently to prevent skill regression during the summer months between high school graduation and arrival at college.

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Student working in library


Mar. 2022

What does it mean to be “college-ready”? This live webinar explores clear benchmarks to evaluate holistic readiness for college, and provides practical steps students can take to adjust to college life.

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Educator working with student


Feb. 2022

Learn about financial aid and scholarship options and considerations for students who learn differently, including how to utilize the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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Group of students sitting in RAP courtyard


Jan. 2022

Explore how to evaluate mental health services at colleges before enrolling, and learn strategies to address college student mental health needs during the transition and pivotal first year.

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Educator working with student


Dec. 2021

Learn how to rank services based on the intensity and depth of resources at colleges, plus key questions to ask to ensure your support needs will be met at your college of choice.

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Educator chatting with students at career development center


Nov. 2021

Learn more about how policies change when students move from high school to college, and take away key tips for accessing and utilizing accommodations in a traditional college environment.

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Student smiling in class


Oct. 2021

Explore factors that prevent students from succeeding in college and learn strategies that teachers, parents, and students can employ to improve student persistence & retention.

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Student and teacher working together


Apr. 2021

This session will help you understand your rights and make the most of final IEP meetings or transitional conferences with secondary schools as it pertains to planning, evaluations, and support.

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Mar. 2021

This session designed for educational professionals reviews the family systems of students who learn differently and provides key strategies to improve partnerships with families.

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Jan. 2021

This session provides you with key tips to evaluate college marketing materials and shares essential questions families should consider when exploring colleges during the age of COVID.

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