Program for Students with Learning Disabilities

  • Gannon University has a special program for students who possess average to gifted intellectual potential and high motivation, have been diagnosed with a learning disability or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and are otherwise qualified for admission to the University.

    Mission Statement

    The Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (PSLD) of Gannon University provides a student-centered environment that helps prepare students for leadership roles within the university, in their chosen careers and in communities in which they live. The program offers reasonable accommodations to assist eligible and otherwise qualified University students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability to achieve their academic potential. The learning specialists of PSLD are committed to excellence and strive to offer each student individually designed assistance.

    Support Services

    • weekly individual sessions with a writing instructor
    • weekly individual sessions with learning specialists or tutors
    • exam accommodations and individual exam rooms available
    • assistive technology
    • readers, scribes for exams when appropriate and upon recommendation
    • advising help 

    Students in the program may select any academic major if they meet the requirements of the major. The yearly fee for services is $600.00.

    Students with disabilities who do not choose to select these comprehensive services and do not enroll in the Program for Students with Learning Disabilities will still be eligible to receive basic services free-of-charge through the Office of Disability Support Services. These services include:

    • Instructor notification
    • Assistance with note taking
    • Accommodations for taking exams, such as readers, scribes, extended time, alternate locations
    • Referrals for taped texts
    • Requests for adaptive classroom equipment
    • Assistance in accessing University programs and services

    Program Features  

     Weekly appointments with the PSLD Writing Specialist to: 

    • brainstorm ideas for writing assignments
    • revise written drafts
    • proofread and edit final drafts

    Additional services and accommodations: *

    • extended test time
    • distraction-free environment for testing
    • computer access
    • assistive technology
    • exam readers/scribes upon recommendation
    • note takers upon psychologist's recommendation
    * Students with learning disabilities must meet the same standards as other students, but adjustments are made in the manner in which students demonstrate their knowledge.

    What Students Say

    • “What is so amazing about the PSLD family is how they care for the students. The support offered goes beyond what is expected. I have found it to be more than just tutoring because the staff is supportive in every way possible.”  -Mortuary Science major
    • “I have found that the extended test time has helped me immensely.” -Psychology major
    • “I found the tutoring sessions, extended test time and just talking with the PSLD teachers was most helpful for me..” -Education major

    Student Achievements

    Recognition in:
    • Dean's List
    • Student Ambassadors
    • Who's Who Among College & University Students
    • Honors Program
    Academic Awards in:
    • Business/Accounting
    • Criminal Justice
    •  Social Work
    Past Presidents of
    • Marketing Club
    • International Honor Society in Education
    Admitted to Grad School in:
    • Education
    •  Law
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Optometry
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    Employed in:
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Engineering
    • Writing
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Law
    • Business
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Therapeutic Recreation
    • Video and TV Production
    •  Info. Management Systems
    • Radiology

    Internet Resources

    • Visit these sites to learn more about learning disabilities on the internet:
    • Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) (
    • National Center for Learning Disabilities (
    • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (
    • LD online (
    • Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (