Jones Learning Center

Jones Learning Center

The Jones Learning Center is a comprehensive support program for students who learn differently.

The Jones Learning Center (JLC) is designed to serve students with documented learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with average or above average intellectual abilities.


University of the Ozarks has been ranked as one of the “50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities” in the country by the online publication College Choice.

According to College Choice, the rankings “highlight universities that have strong programming and solid support services for students with needs including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), visual and hearing impairment and those with physical needs that require special access, accommodations, service animals and/or alternative transportation.”

The publication praised Ozarks’ Jones Learning Center, which was established in 1971 as one of the first programs in the country to assist college students with learning disabilities, for having a comprehensive fee-based program that helps students with learning disabilities, AD/HD, and ASD.

The JLC is a unique environment of support, challenge, and acceptance. Our dedicated staff provides individualized support, yet encourages each student’s independence and personal growth. Academic support coordinators and program specialists work to provide customized academic and life coaching on a daily basis, and additional academic support is provided by regularly scheduled peer tutors. In order to help students with learning disabilities to truly live a full life, we are dedicated to reaching beyond the classroom to teach skills that will help graduates to obtain meaningful employment after graduation. These, and many more included services, are what makes the Jones Learning Center the best choice for many college students who learn differently.

Dody Pelts, JLC Director

A one-of-a-kind set of tools and services to help students excel.

A unique program designed for students with learning disabilities, AD/HD, and ASD, the Jones Learning Center (JLC) is a comprehensive fee-based program that provides students with learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with the skill sets to succeed academically and build brighter futures. The JLC offers more services than any other collegiate program for students with learning disabilities in the nation.

Our services empower students to make the most of their collegiate opportunity at the University of the Ozarks, while also building confidence and instilling personal responsibility that will last a lifetime.

Intended for students who need more support with social and independent living skills, the LLC is offered by the University’s Jones Learning Center, one of the country’s premier resources for college students with learning disabilities, ADHD, ASD, and a variety of other learning differences. The LLC teaches social thinking and offers individualized support for facing the challenges of college life. Students also receive comprehensive academic support offered by the JLC.

JLC Distinctives

Established in 2012, the LLC is a natural extension of the dynamic services provided by the JLC. This program combines the academic services of the JLC with an enhanced residential life component. With trained staff to help students acquire and apply social thinking and independent living skills, the LLC residential experience is designed to help first year students ease their transitions to college life. Services include individual and group consultation, academic support and advocacy, skills teaching and practice, and social programming. The LLC is designed for highly capable students who may need additional residential support, social and communication skills teaching, and stress management assistance during their freshman year.


First Year and Beyond

Following the first year residential experience, continued communication and social skills support is offered through the JLC Coordinator of ASD Services and other staff members. Continued academic support is provided through the JLC.

In just a year, I have seen so much growth in these students! From academic honors and community leadership roles to meaningful friendships, LLC students are making positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.”

Matthew Eubanks, Former Coordinator of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services
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