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News Release

Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

May 9, 2006

Retired NIU professor wins Fulbright
to expand learning disabilities work in Israel

DeKalb — Susan Vogel's years of work in support for students with learning disabilities has earned a Fulbright award for the retired Northern Illinois University professor.

Vogel, a Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, is already at Tel Hai College in Israel for a 21-day project to adapt and expand her “College Students with Learning Disabilities” handbook.

“For Susan, this is a continuation of a long commitment to Tel Hai and working with individuals in the field of learning disabilities,” said Norm Stahl, chair of the Department of Literacy Education, located in the College of Education.

Vogel is immersed in four activities at Tel Hai, where the Support Center for Students with Learning Disabilities is a national model for teaching students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

With remarkable success rates, the center teaches its students the skills and strategies needed to succeed in a rigorous academic setting. In 2003, 15 percent of all Tel Hai students and 22 percent of all honors students had learning disabilities.

Vogel and her Tel Hai colleagues will create three versions of Vogel's handbook; one for students with learning disabilities, one for faculty and staff in colleges and universities and one for parents of adult college students with learning disabilities.

She also will meet with key administrators and faculty at Tel Hai to share her perspective on the college's decade-old Intensive Summer Preparation Program for students with disabilities and to compare and contrast it to others in Israel and the United States.

Her third activity involves the students themselves.

“I will meet with a select number of students. Some will already be attending Tel Hai and be having difficulty achieving academic success. Others will be applicants to the program. These students will have very severe learning disabilities and/or concomitant disabilities and may not be easily accommodated at the college and, therefore, not necessarily be good candidates for the intensive summer program,” Vogel said.

“I will be meeting with the staff regarding these applicants and, for those students already enrolled, I will try to assist them in making recommendations regarding compensatory and instructional strategies, accommodations and a program of studies and/or counseling and remediation.”

Finally, Vogel will help to update the telephone follow-up interview process and prepare an online version so that interviewers can enter the participants' responses directly on screen. She will script opening and closing comments and write responses to anticipated questions.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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