Students with Disabilities
As part of a professional development initiative, instructors have been acquainted with learning styles and with multiple intelligences theory. They have a good understanding of the variations that exist in learners in both cognitive and psychomotor domains, and they accommodate the various learning styles by working closely with students and by individualizing programs, as necessary.
Riding skills vary significantly in the three disciplines: Dressage, Jumping, and Western Riding. For riding classes, students are divided into groups according to riding levels. This practice allows students to progress at their own pace and move to different levels each quarter, or at other times, if appropriate. Students who experience difficulties are often given 1-1 tutoring by members of the teaching course or Graduate Assistants. The extra help enables them to overcome obstacles and progress at a faster rate.
For career areas, minimal student competencies are identified by behavioral objectives. The class sizes are small enough to allow for an instructor to individualize instruction. Thus, it is not unusual for an instructor to have different expectations for students within the same class. Students are not rushed through a career area, nor are they held back in skill development. Students are provided opportunities to go beyond the minimal competencies.
The Teaching Program offers a variety of resources to help students with learning difficulties. Student teachers may help implement and monitor individual learning plans for students having difficulties in classes and meeting daily responsibilities. Peer-teaching is another strategy that is commonly used. Graduate assistants are also available to work individually with students who require additional attention.
Meredith Manor does not discriminate in admissions or employment on the basis of handicap. No qualified handicapped person will be excluded, on the basis of his/her handicap, from participating in our courses and programs. Meredith Manor also will make every reasonable accommodation, including the providing of auxiliary aids and services, in order to afford qualified handicapped persons an opportunity to participate in our courses and programs. Admission requirements, in addition to good general health, may include good physical strength, coordination and agility, sight and hearing. Meredith Manor is not required to eliminate criteria or requirements necessary to the courses and programs offered or which would fundamentally alter the nature of such courses or programs or result in undue burden to the school. Nor is Meredith Manor required to provide admission to and access to courses and programs to handicapped persons if such admission or access would pose a direct risk to the safety of other students and/or the handicapped person due to the inability of the handicapped person to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a course or program even after reasonable accommodation. Individual assessment and consideration is given to each applicant and student. Handicapped persons interested in discussing their qualifications and the feasibility of attending Meredith Manor should contact the Director, who is designated to coordinate our compliance with all requirements of law prohibiting unlawful discrimination.