Since 1986, the LDP has guided more than 680 Level 2 students to achieve academic growth and success.
These graduates are teachers, counselors, hotel administrators, business executives and professionals throughout the legal and criminal justice systems as well as many other professional careers.
The LDP facilitates collaboration between students, faculty and staff to ensure that the students’ needs for equitable access to the academic program are being met while upholding academic integrity.
Rogers had worked with populations of individuals with special needs, including students with sensory disabilities, physical disabilities, social and emotional disturbances, and learning disabilities, in addition to her involvement with the Autism Spectrum population.
In 2004, Elaine Ruggiero began serving as the Assistant Director of the Program. The introduction of the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) in 2008, under the auspices of the Learning Difference Program, began providing social and academic support to individuals with Asperger Syndrome and high functional individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Any student needing academic accommodations must be approved by the ADA Committee to be eligible for the Learning Difference Program, which provides academic counseling and facilitates the student’s academic accommodations.
The LDP’s mission is to identify and reduce physical, programmatic and attitudinal barriers for students with disabilities and ensuring access to campus programs, services and facilities.Many of the friendships that are created during the Summer PASS Program last throughout the college years and beyond.