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Ohio Wesleyan Hires Learning Disabilities Specialist

August 24, 2006

DELAWARE, OHIO — Lydia Block, Ph.D., was recently hired as full-time learning disabilities specialist at Ohio Wesleyan University. All learning disabilities services that were previously provided by the university are consolidated under Block's direction. "National trends demonstrate that more students than ever are entering college with diagnosed learning differences for which students receive support while in high school," said Margaret Drugovich, vice president for strategic communications and university enrollment at OWU. "Dr. Block provides these students an important resource as they adapt to the demands of Ohio Wesleyan's changing curriculum." Since 1995, Block has served as a consultant to colleges and universities, high schools, and families and students with learning disabilities and ADD. She has worked with colleges to establish and evaluate programs and determine eligibility of students for services. Prior to her consultant work, Block developed and directed services for students with learning disabilities at The Ohio State University. She publishes The PostSecondary LD Report, a newsletter written for guidance counselors, teachers, parents and students with learning disabilities about transition issues and the college search process.

Block is also co-founder of the Transition and Communication Consortium on Learning Disabilities in Ohio, which works to promote communication between secondary and post secondary educators who work with students with learning disabilities. She serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and has also served on the board of directors of The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) as the director of professional development and as AHEAD's representative to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities.