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Summer Experience for Students with Learning Disabilities

Regional Center for Learning Disabilities
2019 Summer Experience

July 8–11 & July 15–18 (Monday thru Thursday)

Metropolitan Campus • Teaneck, NJ

For College-Bound Graduates and Rising High School Seniors With Language-Based Learning Disabilities

Offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s acclaimed Regional Center for Learning Disabilities, with 30 years of experience helping students succeed in college-level studies. This non-residential program prepares recent high school graduates and rising seniors for the challenges of college-level coursework. It gives them the opportunity to immerse themselves in a college learning environment while developing their study, assistive technology and self-advocacy skills.

Summer Experience Activities

Students participate in hands-on learning activities designed to help them:

  • Develop a better understanding of their learning strengths and weaknesses
  • Build stronger self-advocacy skills
  • Enhance their time management and organizational skills
  • Learn how to study more effectively and efficiently
  • Earn 2 college credits (at an additional cost)

Cost of Attendance

$1,450 — Morning and Afternoon Sessions

$950 — Morning Sessions Only

Morning Sessions

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The morning track includes academic instruction in:

  • Learning strategies based on understanding individual learning styles;
  • Time management and organizational skills;
  • Technology resources to help enhance learning based on a student’s individual learning differences
  • Career exploration
  • Writing instruction, including brainstorming; outlining techniques and narrowing topics; identifying elements of an essay; revising and proofreading; and learning Modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) style formats used in college
  • College essay preparation (if needed)

Afternoon Sessions

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Students who participate in the afternoon session choose from one of the following areas of focus:

  • The Math Workshop includes direct, small group developmental instruction, enhanced with computer-based math activities.
  • The Reading Workshop incorporates direct, small group Orton Gillingham-based instruction, enhanced with computer-based reading activities.

Visit the Regional Center website at and click on the link for Summer Experience to download an application. Applicants must also provide proof of a language-based learning disability, and two letters of recommendation from a teacher and guidance counselor who can attest to their motivation, attitude and behavior

Deadline to Apply: June 21, 2019

For additional details on how to earn college credits, call Barbara Byrnes at 201-692-2086 or 201-692-2716.

What Students Say About the Summer Experience

“I enrolled to learn more about myself as a student. All my teachers were so patient and helpful. I was introduced to new strategies and study techniques that I will continue to use. My metacognitive class and math class were very helpful (even though I dislike math with a passion!). I loved the technology class!”

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“I thought every lesson I did was helpful — particularly the writing class. The note-taking skills and writing skills I learned will be very useful in the future. I think this program has pointed me in the right direction in preparation for college.”

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“I feel the program helped me tremendously. It helped improve my writing and math skills and introduced me to some valuable tools, including Kurzweil, flash cards and test-taking strategies.”

2019 Summer Program Dates:

Monday through Thursday

July 8 to July 11

July 15 to July 18

Metropolitan Campus
Regional Center-Robison Hall

9 AM to 3 PM
Coffee, tea, snacks provided

Full day: $1450
Morning only: $950

Applications Deadline:<
June 21, 2019

Download Summer Experience Application


Barbara Byrnes, MA
Summer Program Director
Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities
(201) 692-2086 (voice mail)
(201) 692-2716