How can LAP help me?
The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) serves students with a variety of disabilities.
These descriptions are intended to provide general information, and are not intended
to provide clinical definitions or represent a definitive list:
Visual impairment means total or partial loss of sight.
Mobility and orthopedic impairment means a serious limitation in locomotion or motor functions which includes students
with significant limitations in mobility such as those with paraplegia, quadriplegia,
or amputations affecting walking
Communication Disability is defined as impairment in the processes of speech, language or hearing.
Hearing loss is a total or partial loss of hearing function which impedes the communication process
essential to language, educational, social and/or cultural interactions.
Speech and language impairment means one or more speech-language disorders of voice, articulation, rhythm, and/or
the receptive and expressive processes of language.
Learning Disability is a persistent condition of presumed neurological dysfunction which may exist with
other disability conditions. This dysfunction continues despite instruction in standard
classroom situations. To be categorized as learning disabled, a student must exhibit:
- Average to above-average intellectual ability
- Severe processing deficit(s)
- Severe aptitude-achievement discrepancy(ies)
- Measured achievement in an instruction or employment setting
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a cluster of behaviors which includes problems with attention, impulsivity and
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) includes the additional characteristic of hyperactivity.
Acquired Brain Injury means a deficit in brain functioning which results in a total or partial loss of
cognitive, communicative, motor, psycho-social, and/or sensory-perceptual abilities.
Developmentally Delayed Learner is a student who exhibits the following:
- Below average intellectual functioning
- Potential for measurable achievement in instructional and employment settings
- For those who do not have the ability to benefit from rigorous academic courses,
training and instruction in noncredit courses are provided at the Vocational Training
Center Enterprises. For more information, call VTC Enterprises at 928-5000
Psychological Disability means a persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder, emotional or mental illness
that adversely affects educational performance. Psychological disabilities include
conditions listed in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV).
This category includes all students with disabilities who do not fall into any of
the above categories, but who require additional support services and instruction.
These conditions include, but are not limited to, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, rheumatic,
sickle-cell, or renal diseases. Diabetes mellitus, pulmonary dysfunction, HIV, and
various types of cancers are also included.
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Cal Poly SLO, Aerospace Engineering
I excelled in math and science in school, so engineering was the right fit and I just had to figure out how to get it done. Throughout high school, I took courses at Allan Hancock College (AHC), and graduated as my high school valedictorian. I then attended AHC in search of a smooth transition to a university. I was able to take my lower division engineering courses and form a great relationship with my professors. While at AHC, I received multiple scholarships form the Allan Hancock Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, and MESA-NSF Scholarship. I then attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to pursue an aerospace engineering degree. After just one year at Cal Poly, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious internship programs that NASA offers, the Aeronautics Academy.
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