Regents Centers for Learning Disorders
The Regents Centers for Learning Disorders (RCLD) were established and funded in 1993 by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The three centers (located at Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia) were established to provide cost effective comprehensive evaluations for students with possible learning disorders that are attending schools within the University System of Georgia. Savannah State University works with the RCLD located at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. The RCLD's mission also includes helping the SSU Disability Resource Center by reviewing documentation obtained from private physicians and other outside resources regarding Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Psychological Disorders and Acquired Brain Injury to determine accommodations that are appropriate, reasonable, supported by documentation and do not undermine the academic standard for each student.
Assessment at the RCLD is not required but is available for students who need it. Students admitted to or attending SSU are eligible for evaluation at the RCLD. Comprehensive standardized assessments for students with learning problems are used to provide students with a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, to address and approve specific requests for accommodations, and to make appropriate recommendations. Currently, a comprehensive assessment costs $500. They will try to work with you to schedule several smaller payments if it is difficult to pay the whole fee all at once. The RCLD evaluation includes a clinical interview, and a battery of educational, psychological and cognitive tests to assess a student's intellectual ability, academic achievement in core areas, (i.e., reading, math, and written language), strengths and weaknesses in processing information, and emotional state. After the standardized testing is complete, each student is scheduled for an individual feedback session at the center. In this session, the test results will be reviewed, recommendations for academic accommodations and other support services will be made, and any questions answered.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the SSU Disability Resource Center if you have been accepted for admission to SSU and want to be referred to the Regents' Center for Learning Disorders at Georgia Southern University for an assessment. Tadisha Sams-Young will give you a referral packet that you need to complete. Return the completed packet to Tadisha Sams-Young who will forward it to the RCLD. After receiving the packet, the RCLD will contact you to schedule the appointments. You can see the RCLD website at http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/rcld/.