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Overview of the Stephen Benson Program


About the Program

The Stephen Benson Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (SBP) was created to serve the needs of CSULB students who have a diagnosed learning disability. The program was established in 1980 and continues to be one of the most recognized postsecondary LD programs in the state.  Typically, the SBP serves approximately 450 students with learning disabilities each semester.


Services Provided

A learning disability can interfere with a student’s ability to assimilate or process information in several ways.  The purpose of the SBP is to provide students, with documented learning disabilities, a support system to assist them in attaining their academic goals. The program provides counseling for clarification of issues related to learning disabilities, makes recommendations for accommodations, and fosters self-advocacy in students. In addition the SBP conducts a Special Admissions Process which is explained in detail on the link indicated below.

To measure student satisfaction and learning as a result of participating in the Stephen Benson Program, an SBP Evaluation Form has been designed, utilizing a standard Likert response scale. This form will be administered in the fall of 2009 as a pretest measure, with a posttest administered during the winter break of 2009 and the spring semester of 2010.

The Stephen Benson Program is a part of Disabled Student Services at CSULB. The office is located in Brotman Hall, Room BH 270. For more information please call the office at (562) 985-1875.