All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
The founder of The Aspire Group, Imy Wax, M.S.released the 14th edition of The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences along with Marybeth Kravets, M.A., (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books) in February. The new edition has updated profiles of 338 colleges with programs or services for students with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) or learning differences. Each profile provides information on the school’s programs, services, and accommodations for students with learning differences, plus its academics, admission requirements, cost, financial aid, and other topics. In addition to its 338 college profiles, the book includes:
- Guidelines on documentation required to verify a student’s learning disability and to determine appropriate accommodations
- A "Getting Ready” section summarizing steps for the parent and the student to navigate the application process from self-assessment questions and timelines (what needs to happen when) to suggestions for campus visits, interviews, and letters of recommendation
- Insights and advice from learning specialists and an attorney on disability law
- Recommendations of 38 schools offering independent living options for students with learning differences to pursue their education
The K & W Guide, as the book has come to be known among educators and parents, was conceived in 1987 by co-authors Marybeth Kravets and Imy F. Wax when their paths crossed in a suburb of Chicago. At the time, Marybeth was a counselor at Deerfield (IL) High School. Imy's daughter, who had been diagnosed at age two with multiple learning disabilities, was a freshman at the school. Imy reached out to Marybeth to help her daughter succeed in high school, and to recommend colleges that would be ideal for her daughter's interests and needs. Imy knew such timely guidance would position her daughter to apply to and gain admission to appropriate colleges.
Finding no detailed resources listing colleges with programs for students with learning differences, Marybeth and Imy joined forces to research this topic together. Over the next two years, they identified 150 colleges with programs or services for students with learning differences. They collected the key information that applicants with learning differences would need — from admission requirements and application deadlines to program offerings, accommodations, housing options and more.
From their collaboration came this book — a one-of-a-kind college guide when it was first published in 1991. Since then, the book has been updated 13 times. The new edition profiles more than twice the number of colleges as the original one did. The guide continues to be a “labor of love” for Marybeth and Imy and a unique resource for students with learning differences, their families and all who support them in their college aspirations.
Marybeth and Imy remain committed to this field. As advisors and consultants, they conduct lectures and workshops for educators, administrators, parents and students. They have authored articles for professional and parent magazines and they have been interviewed by media from the New York Times to The Wall Street Journal. More importantly, their work has helped thousands of students with learning differences get into college — including the dedicated and determined student who inspired this book. In 1992, Imy’s daughter was accepted at all eight colleges to which she applied. In 1996, she graduated from college with honors and she continued her education in graduate school.
About the Authors
Marybeth Kravets, M.A., is President of Marybeth Kravets & Associates, a firm that provides educational and college consulting to students with and without learning differences. She is Director of College Counseling at the Wolcott School (Chicago) for bright, motivated college-bound students who learn differently. Marybeth was the college counselor at Deerfield (IL) High School for 31 years and VP for College Partnerships for Chicago Scholars. She is past President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Illinois ACAC. She is a recipient of the Community Service Award from the Harvard University Club of Chicago. Marybeth received her M.A. in Counseling from Wayne State Univ., and her B.A. in Education from the Univ. of Michigan. She resides in Chicago.
Imy Wax, M.S., LCPC, NBCC, CEP, is an educational and therapeutic consultant, and a psychotherapist. She is the founder and President of The Aspire Group. For over 30 years, Imy continues to be that objective voice guiding, supporting, and empowering families in making informed decisions that secure and enhance their children’s futures. She travels over 100,000 miles each year visiting traditional and non-traditional schools, programs, colleges and post-secondary programs, and serving as a guest speaker at professional conferences and workshops. She has appeared on television and radio and been quoted in numerous journals. Imy believes every child’s journey is unique and “there should never be a closed door to fulfilling one’s hopes and dreams.” She resides in Deerfield, IL
THE K & W GUIDE TO COLLEGES FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES – 14th Edition by Marybeth Kravets, M.A. and Imy F. Wax, M.S. Penguin Random House / Princeton Review • Trade paperback $31.99 (Canada $41.99) On Sale Date February 19, 2019 • 721 pages • ISBN 978-0-525-56789-9 Contact: Jeanne Krier, Publicist for The Princeton Review (212) 539-1350 firstname.lastname@example.org