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Students With Learning Disabilities Finding More Success After High School

May 28, 2009

Kayla Constantine and Ashley Long are looking forward to college. "I'm excited about getting out there and being on my own," Long said. "I like to learn," Constantine said. "I want to take up French, culinary arts, history." The Penn-Trafford High School seniors, both 18, will graduate in June and start at Westmoreland County Community College in the fall. But they have worked harder than most to get to this point. Now poised and articulate young women, Constantine and Long have struggled with learning disabilities since they were in elementary school. "It affects you as much as being in a wheelchair, but you can't see it," said Long, one of thousands of students across the nation who have made life-altering progress with the help of special education classes increasingly focused on helping students transition to their adult lives.This trend seems to be having a positive impact, according to a long-term Department of Education study that will be completed this year. To read more, click here  

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