DVFriends Speaker Series

DVFriends was thrilled to welcome DV alumna and award-winning educator and researcher Dr. Toby Tomlinson Baker as part of our annual Speaker Series.
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP
Actionable Steps Toward Graduating for College Students with Learning Disabilities/Differences
Toby Tomlinson Baker, Ph.D.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 pm
About the Presentation

Dr. Baker, an adult with a learning disability and ADHD, aims to inform and provide parents and students with effective, actionable steps toward graduation from college. Using relevant data based on her 2021 case study, Dr. Baker shares research that illustrates why some postsecondary students with learning disabilities/differences struggle in college settings and offers solutions for academic success. She shares perspectives of college faculty and provides insight for succeeding in college. Most importantly, Dr. Baker shares her experiences as a postsecondary student with a disability, her challenges during college as an undergrad and graduate student, and her stories of perseverance, overcoming adversity, and emerging as a respected scholar.


About Toby Tomlinson Baker, Ph.D.

Toby Tomlinson Baker has earned her Ph.D. from Pepperdine University and is an adjunct professor at California State University-Los Angeles (CSULA). Her expertise is in special education policy and best teaching practices for higher education faculty. Additionally, Dr. Baker is a special educator with the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as a licensed consultant. She has been recognized as a Top Performing Educator by LAUSD’s superintendent, was awarded the Harrison Sylvester Award for her research by the Learning Disability Association of America (LDA), and has been CHADD’s 2018 Educator of the Year. In 2021, Dr. Baker was awarded the Top Education Policy Writer for the award-winning magazine Exceptional Needs Today! and will be on the cover of the May edition with her story. 


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