Overcoming Challenges

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Ozarks JLC alum overcomes personal challenges, thrives in youth ministry

U of O's most recent Alumni Weekend brought a bevy of former Ozarks grads back to campus. The one with the big smile was Lauren Black.

Black participated in an alumni roundtable titled "More than a Paycheck: Professions with Purpose." Panelists discussed how learning disabilities affect their work. Black has mild dyslexia, a disorder that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. She was a student in Jones Learning Center during her years at U of O.

Jones Learning Center

For many students with learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), and autism spectrum disorder(ASD), the academic world can be one of bewildering complexity and never-ending frustration. It doesn't have to be that way. 

At the Jones Learning Center (JLC), we believe students can learn to meet these challenges head-on and master the skills they need to succeed. Our 4:1 student-to-staff ratio ensures that JLC students have access to a wide range of attention, expertise and services that can help students with LD, AD/HD, or ASD get the results they know they're capable of achieving!

We encourage you to take a few minutes to learn more about the Jones Learning Center. Our list of frequently asked questions gives an overview of the services offered through the JLC. We think you'll find that our dedicated and caring staff have what it takes to help bright students with disabilities make the most of their college education!

Living and Learning Community

In the fall of 2012, the Jones Learning Center began a new program, called the Living and Learning Community, for high-functioning students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The goal of the Living and Learning Community is to support the growing number of students on the autism spectrum that are now attending college. The program provides support that emphasizes social thinking for students with ASD, with specific training in social and life skills as well as comprehensive academic support through the JLC.

Learn More!

Follow the links below to learn more about the Jones Learning Center.