College Gets Grant to Help Disabled
Associated Press, October 21, 2005
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College, which focuses on students with learning disabilities,
has received a $1 million grant to develop a curriculum for
those students that can be used at colleges around the country.
The U.S. Department of Education grant will enable Landmark to
join with five community colleges across the country, including
the Community College of Vermont, to work on the three-year
"It's really exciting for a small college in Vermont to share
with other institutions across the country what we have learned
over the last 20 years," said Brent Betit, the college's
executive vice president.
Landmark opened 20 years ago on what had been the campus of
Windham College, which closed due to financial problems in 1978.
Its programs are designed for students who have disabilities
such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactive disorder.
The number of college students nationwide with such disabilities
is growing, Betit said, adding that some need extra help with
study and time management skills.
"In many ways we are still learning what works and what
doesn't," Betit said. "These types of learning disabilities have
only been recognized by the education system in the last 30
Dr. Steve Fadden, associate director of the college's Institute
for Research and Training, will conduct research on the project.
Another member of the Landmark staff, Eric Adams, will serve as
co-investigator and project manager.
Betit said the study likely would lead to creation of an online
curriculum for use by community colleges.
Landmark President Lynda Katz said the project "promises to have
a significant impact on the capabilities and capacity of
community colleges around the nation to more effectively serve
students with learning disabilities."
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