Student with Learning Difficulties Ready to Make Changes in Others
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 12, 2008
Media Contact:Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287
NORWALK, Calif. - June 12, 2008 - Analie Cardoso is a humorous and outgoing young woman who enjoys helping people of all types. Born and raised in Artesia, California, as a second generation Portuguese, she is bilingual in English and Portuguese and is the youngest of three sisters.
Cardoso graduated from Cerritos High School in 2005 with honors by obtaining a 4.0 GPA. She is the first person in her family to attend college. She gathers her motivation to succeed from her mother, father and two older sisters. "I want to inspire my family with my academic accomplishments. I want to set an example," she said.
Her greatest goal is to obtain a doctorate degree in psychology and help people who have psychological disabilities. Her motivation to help comes from her high school friend who suffered from a psychological disability. "I wanted to help him and other people with psychological challenges like him," says Cardoso.
While attending high school, she began helping others by working as a teaching assistant for students with disabilities. "I even missed my own high school prom to help at the disabled students' prom," says selfless Cardoso nonchalantly.
Cardoso is planning to complete her undergraduate requirements here at Cerritos College. Her goal is to transfer to UC Berkeley, where she recently visited through the Northern California University Tour organized by the Cerritos College Transfer Center.
Cardoso was the recipient of the Assistive Technology Scholarship offered through the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S) Department at Cerritos College. The Kurzweil LearnStation along with a scanner enables her to expand her learning to include listening, seeing and creating studying guides on her MP3 player.
Due to a learning disability, Cardoso writes best by hearing aloud what she has written. She uses the auditory component of the Kurzweil LearnStation to perform this task. Using this strategy, she can catch the missing words or phrases from her writing and reinforce what she really wants to say. "With the support of DSP&S faculty and staff and thanks to the software, I can study much more efficiently - and I've seen my grades improving," says Cardoso.
Self-taught on many computer applications, Cardoso uses computer technology in almost every aspect of her educational and social life. She has been invited to participate in a grant project to introduce and expand the awareness of universal design concepts to Cerritos College faculty. She brings expertise in the area of technology applications to assist Cerritos College faculty in understanding curriculum delivery on programs designed to enhance the learning styles of all students through interactive programs.
"This universal design approach to learning is going to be very successful, once we have our faculty involved," says Cardoso. "I would like to say to the faculty that if they want their students to succeed, providing them with tools such as the Kurzweil scan and read program with its many different learning strategies will fit every student's needs and learning preferences."
Cardoso also collaborates with DSP&S faculty members to create materials and presentations promoting assistive technology to classes and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. "It's exciting to be a part of this effort to enlighten the faculty about assistive technology," says Cardoso.
"Analie is a very motivated self-starter," says Mary Hunt, DSP&S Learning Disabilities Specialist. "She will help us develop great programs incorporating the concept of universal design to accommodate different learning styles - and I'm certain that she will be a great example and inspiration to other students with various learning challenges and preferences."
Cardoso states, "At first I was hesitant to go to the DSP&S office because I was afraid that judgmental faculty might mark something on my transcript about having a disability." "I was completely wrong! The Cerritos College DSP&S faculty and staff are amazing. They are supportive and understanding, and they do everything to help me improve my learning efficiency - and my grades. Oh, and it does not affect my transcript at all," laughs Cardoso.
Cardoso summarized her positive experience with the DSP&S program by stating that she wished more students with learning and other challenges would check into the services offered. Some of the services include being trained in software programs to accommodate learning for reading, writing and math struggles. She thinks technology and services that the DSP&S offers are not obvious to all the students. She hopes that the word will spread so more students become aware of the programs and services.
"The Universal Design programs are not only for students with disabilities but also for any students with various learning preferences. We have to take advantage of this," says Cardoso.
For more information about the Cerritos College DSP&S program, please contact the office at (562) 860-2451 ext. 2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on Learning Disabilities and Universal Design technology.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 200 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently nears 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.