Wednesday, October 27, 2010

20th anniversary of ADA-Americans with Disabilities ACT

JOLIET — Sarah Krug knew something was wrong all the way back in first grade.
She couldn’t comprehend the material and her reading skills were below grade level.
At first, educators thought she had dyslexia or some neurological disorder. But those tests came back negative. Instead, she was diagnosed with a learning disability that affects her ability to comprehend written words.
She struggled with her studies throughout grade school and high school. But her biggest test was ahead of her as she headed to Joliet Junior College last fall.
Luckily for Krug, 19, of Joliet, JJC has a program designed to help her and any other student with a disability succeed. Called Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR), the program provides tutors, computers, software, note takers and sign language interpreters to accommodate disabilities.
An open house for StAR will be held Wednesday (see sidebar). The open house was scheduled in October because it’s disability awareness month, and 2010 is the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, said Jacque Klika, StAR manager.
  JJC’s StAR program accomodates those needing extra help - Herald News

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