Loras recognizes the dignity of persons with disabilities and challenges them to grow in our supportive environment while developing the skills associated with active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors. The Lynch Learning Center offers three levels of service for students with diagnosed disabilities: the Enhanced Program, Autism Specific Program and Accommodation Services. Please feel free to contact us for additional information.


The Enhanced Program is a comprehensive program designed to provide additional support for students with a primary disability of Attention Deficit Disorder or Learning Disability; however, students with other disabilities will be considered. A fee is charged for the Enhanced Program.

The Enhanced Program includes a two-credit Learning Strategies course, taken both semesters of the first-year, a weekly meeting with a Lynch Learning Center staff member and access to peer tutors, as needed. In addition, Accommodation Services are provided as part of the Enhanced Program. Students continue in the Enhanced Program after the first year with additional programming specific to the student.

Students interested in the Enhanced or Autism Specific Program should apply simultaneously to the College and the program before the December 15 priority deadline. We encourage applicants to apply early in their senior year to avoid delays. 


New Autism Specific PROGRAM

Our new Autism Specific Program is designed to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder thrive emotionally, academically and socially. Through the four-year program, students work directly with Lynch Learning Center staff members designated as Certified Autism Specialists. A fee is charged for the new program.

Students enrolled in the program will meet weekly with their Lynch Learning Center coach and attend weekly study table sessions and bi-monthly mentoring meetings. Students hone skills ranging from self-advocacy and organization to stress management and socialization in addition to specialized career prep including one-on-one résumé and cover letter counseling, job shadowing and internship opportunities.

To help acclimate students to campus, students will have the opportunity to move into campus housing two days prior to first-year orientation and have the opportunity to participate in a five-day summer transition program.


Accommodation Services are provided at no additional charge and may include extended-time testing, testing in a distraction-reduced environment, texts in alternative formats, assistive technology (including Read&Write GOLD) and consultation with Lynch Learning Center staff. Accommodations are determined by individual need and documentation. No additional application is required for Accommodation Services; however, students need to contact the Lynch Learning Center and submit copies of current disability documentation after acceptance to Loras and before the start of classes to determine appropriate services.

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