The familiar slogan for the eponymous organization that champions childhood literary declares reading is fundamental. Fundamental, but not always easy. Particularly for the students who learn differently and attend Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., America’s first accredited college or university to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences. […]
College graduation is at once an exciting time of accomplishment and a nervy realization that it’s time to navigate the world independently as an adult. Not that everyone is ready to launch. Some 20 percent of college graduates with learning differences and attention issues stumble immediately after graduation in making successful transitions to full independence and to rewarding careers. This reality undergirds Beacon College’s pioneering pilot program, the First Career Community.
Student ambassadors Kendall Augustine and Lianne Smith assist guests a recent Beacon Salon Speaker Series event. If visitors have questions, they’re the flesh-and-blood Siri. If visitors are lost, they are a compass. If visitors need a welcoming sign, they are the welcome wagon. They are the navigators in blue (and gold), the face of Beacon […]
Nearly 100 educational professionals from 24 states descended on Beacon College this week to learn more about the school and its pedagogical strategies during the college’s “Professional 2-Day Fly-in” session. The eclectic mix of high school counselors, high school transition coordinators, educational consultants, psychologists and other professionals support more than 15,000 students with learning disabilities involved in the college search process.
Beacon College historian Dr. Christopher Huff will return to Washington, DC in January to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a faculty seminar exploring how Nazis also targeted the disabled for genocide. “Disability, Eugenics, and Genocide: Nazi Germany, Its Antecedents and Legacy,” the centerpiece of the 2019 Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar, examines the history of persecution of persons with disabilities, according to the museum.
Beacon College President George Hagerty in October discussed the continued growth of the college campus-wise and programmatically in his annual State of the College address during Parents Weekend.
The Beacon College community Saturday saluted a pair of benefactors and celebrated their generous legacy — one that each year writes new chapters of success — during the dedication of the Robert & Jane Weiner Writing Center. Staged during the college’s annual Parent’s Weekend, Beacon staffers, students, and members of the Weiner family joined together to reflect on the generosity of the couple whom family members described as “warm, caring, loving and generous” and the tangible results of their gift.
Beacon College will send two motivated students to Tallahassee next year as part of the statewide ICUF Presidential Fellows program to educate legislators about the school and to lobby them to maintain a critical state-sponsored scholarship for private schools. Maxwell Aaronson and Avital Plotkin will represent Beacon College in the 2018-19 Presidential Fellows class. “We […]
Beacon College officials dedicated the Virginia and Robert Durand Garden in a ceremony Friday at the new downtown pocket park. The 12,000-square-foot park inhabits what was Palmetto Street in downtown Leesburg and is appointed with drake elms, Brodie cedars, Washington palms, Natchez crape myrtles, and various other flora.