At War with a Learning Disability

Our organization came across an interesting article from The New York Times Magazine.  A soldier wrote about her experience as an active duty soldier in the army, navigating her military dream with a learning disability.

We focus our work on developing grit and perseverance. These qualities provided Ms. Zephrine with a strong foundation to realize her dream of joining the army, and obtaining her master’s degree in social work.

We are sharing this story as a way to showcase the life experiences told firsthand by individuals with learning disabilities and other challenges. Please note that this is one person’s experience.

Demand Better

By Samantha Kolkey

At Options for College Success, one of our goals is to raise awareness and advocate for the needs of the population we work with. Cancer can impact anyone, at anytime, anywhere.  So, today we advocate for the population we work with (and the entire world population)  by raising awareness about this lethal cancer. Our organization encourages you to represent this day and to spread the word by wearing purple, donating to cancer research funds or PanCan, educating yourself about pancreatic cancer, and/or doing what feels right to you to recognize @worldpancreaticcancerday.

#Demandbetter #Wagehope #WPCD

How to Help Students with Learning Challenges Build Healthy Self-Esteem

By the Options for College Success staff


We are proud to support our Director of Programs in the publishing of her first guest blog entry for Beyond Book Smart.  Please click on the link below:



A Resource for Improved Understanding

By Samantha Kolkey

I follow The Mighty on Facebook and their videos pop up on my feed often.  Recently, I saw a video that highlighted one of my student’s diagnoses, which is one that I am not familiar working with in a clinical setting.  It presented statements from individuals who also have the same diagnosis as this student. It opened my eyes to what this student is struggling with on a daily basis, and it clarified the challenges he has been enduring.  This led to me applying new approaches to help this individual.

The Options staff and I feel that The Mighty is a powerful resource for students, parents, clinicians, educators, and other family members to access when trying to understand an individual’s diagnosis and disability.   Frustration can be common among service providers and parents to those who have a mental health diagnosis or other disability. It is important to always get the individual’s perspective and The Mighty helps to provide this.  An improved understanding of an individual can only reap benefits.

Thank you @TheMightySite!