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How to LA: Dyslexia in College, Bell Gardens Rent Vote, Threemile House

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Elvis Garcia Jr. is one of the college students who has dyslexia that Jill Replogle interviewed in her story. He was invited this year to present his research at an event held by the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago.
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Good morning, L.A. It’s Wednesday, August 24.

Happy hump day, my friends. The education team is on a roll with its extensive, comprehensive coverage of dyslexia in California. So far you’ve learned about the science behind dyslexia, California’s slow approach and lackluster state policies, and the inconsistencies in how K-12 schools respond to struggling students.

Now, my colleague Jill Replogle is tackling higher education, examining what the approach to dyslexia looks like once students enter college

There’s a big shift that happens once students take this next step into their lives. Unlike K-12 schools, colleges aren’t legally obligated to provide a “free appropriate public education.”

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That means college students have to be proactive about asking for accommodations, like tutoring and extra time on tests. But what happens if you don’t know you can get an accommodation in the first place? Or you don’t even know you have a learning disability? What if you’re afraid of the possible stigma that comes with having a learning disability?

Martín Cohen-Velasquez has had all these questions run through his head. He says asking for help with his dyslexia in high school felt demeaning. It took him years to feel comfortable enough to ask teachers for help. Then in college, he questioned whether he should be asking for anything. "It's like, you're 18, now you're deemed an adult so why would you need help?"

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It’s a situation that many with dyslexia have experienced. Jill takes us through the challenges that college students like Cohen-Velasquez face as well as what rights they have, the problems that come with diagnosing students in college, tips on how to get a disability assessment and resources. 

Read Jill’s story today to learn more about dyslexia in college.

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below the fold.

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The Kicker — Threemile House: The Real Wild, Wild West

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Men gamble inside the Yellow Astor, a typical mining town saloon with a gaming table, a barber shop and ahotel office.
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Every Wednesday, I’ll give you a little piece of Los Angeles history. Are you ready for this one? It’s wild.

If you’re a fan of Westerns, you’ll definitely be invested in this story. Back in the day, L.A. was a place of gunfights, drunken brawls and robberies, and in the 1890s there existed this place called the Threemile House.

LAist contributor Glen Creason said it sounded like a “quaint bed and breakfast, scented with lavender and serving fresh biscuits, or maybe a dude ranch where city slickers could spend a few days pretending they lived in the Pueblo.” But as he began digging through artifacts, he discovered something: it was anything but a charming pit-stop.

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