Group aims to empower learning disabled students

From The Register-Mail:
The newest chapter of Project Eye to Eye will benefit from people eating at Wendy’s this evening, as the restaurant will give 10 percent of sales to the group that seeks to serve local middle school students with learning disabilities.

Project Eye to Eye is a national organization that connects college students and k-12 students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder through mentoring and community outreach.

Keely Campbell, a senior elementary education major at Knox College, said she did not feel she was receiving the support she needed from the college as an LD student and wanted to form the local chapter after hearing how involvement in Project Eye to Eye affected her friend.

“She told me how it helped her cope with her disability and meet other students on campus who have disabilities to become each other’s support,” said Campbell. “I wanted the same thing … to find other people who embrace learning different and not being a disabled college student.”

In the fall term, Campbell brought the idea to Jane Varakin at Knox’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Varakin agreed to be the faculty adviser, and the two began recruiting, catching the attention of Cameron Posey, who would become president of the local chapter.

“Just like Keely, I didn’t really feel supported here either with my learning disability, and I feel like this empowers me a lot,” said Posey. “This gives me a chance to empower another student with a learning disability and let them know it shouldn’t stop them from getting a college education.”

Still in its infancy, Knox’s Project Eye to Eye connected with Lombard Middle School on Wednesday. Upon completion of training, members will soon begin mentoring Lombard’s LD/ADD students through “meaningful, weekly art projects.”…