Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD/LD for College @ The Hill Center
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

National statistics on college graduation rates suggest that 4-5 out of every 10 freshman who start college may not graduate, or still be enrolled 5 years later. Freshmen with emotional, attentional and/or learning disabilities may graduate at an even lower rate and experience more challenges as they adjust to college. However, these studies also suggest that some teens who transitioned were better prepared, sought services and graduated at the same rate as their non-disabled friends. This workshop will share what parents can do to increase the odds that their teen will be ready to navigate college successfully.

Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, Ph.D. is currently the coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD: A Learning Center Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maitland co-authored Coaching College Students with ADHD with Dr. Patricia Quinn and Nancy Ratey. She and Patricia Quinn published two books on the subject of transition to college: Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD and LD for College and On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD.

Demystifying Dyslexia: Breaking Down Barriers and Building Common Understanding @ The Hill Center
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dyslexia literally means difficulty (dys) with reading at the word (lex) level. The term has existed since the late 1800s and is estimated to impact 5-20% of the population. There continue to be myths and misconceptions that surround dyslexia when educators, parents and professionals communicate. This presentation is intended to provide clarity on the definition, characteristics, common misperceptions and myths in the public school setting. Together we can help change understandings about dyslexia, and in particular, assure the success of students with dyslexia.

Lynn Loeser is a North Carolina Statewide Consultant for Specific Learning Disabilities and ADHD.