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Dyscalculia, Assessment, and Student Career Efficacy: Implications for College Counselors

Adrianne L. Johnson, Larry W. Featherston, and Jose M. Maldonado


More than 130,000 students with learning disabilities attend college in the United States and the numbers continue to increase (Matthews, Anderson, & Skolnick, 1987). The issue of academic assessment is of critical importance to the preparation of students with [learning] disabilities (Omizo & Omizo, 1992), and this is especially true when the learning disability is a math disorder which inhibits the critical skills necessary for a thorough examination of career interests, values, abilities, and maturity in learning disabled individuals. Understanding what constitutes a math disorder is of critical importance to professionals who are responsible for the assessment and identification of mathematical disabilities and who seek to develop and validate effective assessment techniques and instruments. College counselors are in an especially valuable position to help students with disabilities achieve academic and vocational success by understanding the academic barriers unique to this population.

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