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Old 03-04-2007, 07:44 AM
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My son is planning to be a freshman at U of A next fall. A big draw for us regarding the U of A, has been their S.A.L.T. program (for students with learning disabilities). Anyone out there with advice or experience they would like to share about this program, or general advice for any new (especially out-of-state) student coming to the University of Arizona?
Thanks very much,
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:05 PM
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The SALT Center has a good reputation. It is important for your student to self-advocate. If he doesn't ask, he will not receive. It is also important to keep in mind that "college is college" and a huge university (like the U of A) does not offer the DEGREE of hand-holding that is the luxury of high school environments. There is also a center for college-aged disabled-persons' advocacy, called DIRECT, that he might want to check out as well. Both SALT and DIRECT can be checked out online with a google search. Good luck to him and to you.

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Old 03-30-2007, 08:38 PM
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I'm not sure what the SALT center is, but he should be leary of the math and science department at UofA, there's a reason why so many of UofA students take classes at Pima, and it's not because it's cheaper.
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:28 AM
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I used to work and tutor SALT students back in the 90's and thought it was a good program for students that were actually learning disabled. I have heard that it has been cleaned up, but the SALT program was severely abused by students in the Greek system back then. If you get into the SALT program you get special breaks from teachers in taking tests and get to avoid some classes in order to graduate. I enjoyed tutoring the SALT students who really needed help, but hated tutoring the Greeks who had their parents send them to a doctor and cook up a learning disability. When I was at the UofA, Greeks represented about 15-20% of the student population but well over 50% of the SALT population.

Another thing that got me was that there was one family that waved a big check in front of the UofA if they could get a couple of their kids a diploma. So the UofA put them in the SALT program and told us that we were to do anything to help them pass their classes. I recently talked to someone who worked at SALT last year and they told me that most of the abuses have been cleaned up.
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:48 PM
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Default Contact at UofA


I recently met a gentleman from the U of A Office of Admissions and New Student Enrollment and he told us that he had been in the SALT program himself while at student at U of A. Here is his contact information:

Paul Miller
Transfer Academic Counselor, Sr.
Transfer Center
Office of Admissions & New Student Enrollment
e-mail: pauljm@arizona.edu
phone: 520-621-8332

He was a great speaker and inspiring about what people in that program have in the way of support.
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Old 04-19-2007, 02:21 PM
Location: Scottsdale
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I was a student at the U of A and was in the SALT program for 2 years. In Fact, I went to Arizona for this program and it was the best thing for me. My advice would be that your child needs to be accountable for their own actions and that is part of resposibility as a college student. The program offers excellent resources from tutors...class notes...and extra time on exams. I even remember having a guideness couselor to walk me through my four year plan at Arizona. However, there is no one at the center who will hold your hands and it is up to you to take advantge of what is being offered. Feel free to call me if you have any questions

Aaron Brown
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:59 PM
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Default U of A SALT Center has some serious problems.

I have met Paul Miller and I believe him to be an honest man. SALT's reputation as providing services that other Universities do not is undeserved. SALT has a good PR machine and does a lot of self promotion but they lack services besides tutoring and a weekly 30 minute meeting. Many students leave after a semester when they realize they can put together a comperable set of services from the disabled resource center, private tutors, study groups and the integrated learning center. One of the greatest factors contributing to student dissatisfaction is the cost to services ratio. The absance of upper division students suggests that once a student learns the system their is no longer a need to waste that kind of money. In my opinion SALT is a waste of money. Their services are unnecessary and they are charging you an arm and a leg to boot.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:36 AM
Location: Arizona
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Default Top Ten Tips for Navigating University Maze with LD/Disability

I have been working with one of the University of Arizona's SALT Center Learning Specialists for the last few months and she has been trying to teach me how to survive the University of Arizona without the Learning Specialist component of SALT. Here it goes, the top ten Nosalt08 study techniques.
1) Get lots of organizational help before the beginning of each semester. Organizing and prioritizing your semester, class time and study times can be the most difficult yet most critical aspect of the initial process. Do a few dry runs to make sure all the bugs are worked out of your system. (Buy books like "how to be a master student" and "how to identify your learning style" to help bring you up to speed on what a semester at a University will demand. Familiarizing yourself with sites like studygs.net and lib.umn.edu can really start you out on the right foot).
2) Using your laptop's day planner program to plot out your class times, class assignments, due dates, and other daily obligations is time well spent. (Gets the big picture of what each hour, day, week and month looks like).
3) Download every class syllabi and create a folder for each class with appropriate subfolders. When you need something class related it should already be in one of your folders.
4) Create email folders for every class, every class project, electronic class notes etc. and keep every correspondence concerning that class in a folder. (I create a folder for every different email catagory I receive. Every email goes into some kind of a folder and stays there until the semester is over, period, no exceptions.)
5) Use electronic versions of books if possible, if not, scan regular text books and keep them on your laptop. Use your laptops highlighter feature to highlight the key terms as the professor references them during the lecture.
6) Use the text books website to its fullest potential.
7) Meet the people in your class and find out which ones want to start a study/email study group (It is important to be able to bounce a question off someone who is in the same class as you.
8) Use the TA's to help you network with other students who have already established a study group (My Psyc 101 TA Trevor helped me with a study group and also gave me a copy of the book ADD, it changed my life).
9) Use the Disabled Resources on campus and don't be afraid to introduce yourself to the professors. Just give them a brief outline of where you are starting from. (Some bigots might penalize you but the majority of professors will work with you when you really need them.)
10) And finally, if an administrator, TA or professor reveals a bias against disabled people, don't take it personally, just find another way to get what you want.
This is what I have learned so far from two semesters at the University of Arizona SALT Center. You survive school by having a sound organizational foundation, an electronic infrastructure to support it and finely tuned social skills. Viva la UA.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:47 PM
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My son came up through the Tucson Public Schools, and has Learning Disability, but manged to graduate with no special help or accomodations. I heard first-hand from the counselors at the Public Schools not to bother with SALT. They are great at PR and self promotion, but their website and brochures are the best part of the program.

Only a few departments at UA are able to overcome the complete indifference (bordering on hostility) to the lowly student that is ingrained in the culture at UA. (I hear Drama and Education actually offer some support.)

If your LD student needs help or advocacy, look anywhere else than the UA.
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