Thursday, September 14, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Tabitha Mancini 
Winston Online and Winston in College 

College Transition, and Building Independence: A Parent Perspective 

Please join us for the next Winston in College webinar, College Transition, and Building Independence: A Parent Perspective.

Hear from a parent about her journey raising a neurodivergent student and his transition to college with both challenges and success. Dr. David Parker, a researcher, author, educator, and expert in the field of higher education and disabilities will be joining the discussion having deep insight into the research on our topics and the concept of an action model of self-determination.

This webinar is appropriate for students and anyone who works with parents and/or students with learning differences.  

 Topics include:

  • Lessons learned from a parent's perspective  
  • An Action Model of Self-determination, what it is, and how it applies
  • Skills needed for academic success and life fulfillment
  • Transactional vs. transformational supports


Dr. David R. Parker

Dr. David R. Parker is a Postsecondary Disability Specialist and ADD/life coach at CRG (Children’s Resource Group) in Indianapolis, IN. He earned a Ph.D. in Special Education (postsecondary programming) at the University of Connecticut. He is also Program Manager for Research, Educational Outreach and Communications at the Gregory S. Fehribach Center at Eskenazi Health. Three decades of work with students with LD, ADHD, and ASD have included positions as a high school special education teacher, director of a private school for students with dyslexia, administrator of LD/ADHD programs at UNC-Chapel Hill and UCONN, and program manager of a National Science Foundation STEM/UDI grant project at Washington University in St. Louis. He has conducted training on best practices for college students with ADHD, LD and ASD in Italy, Japan, Austria, and Kuwait. Dr. Parker helped conduct the first national study of ADD college coaching through Wayne State University. A board member of three peer-reviewed journals and former executive editor of AHEAD’s Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, Dr. Parker is the co-author of numerous research articles, book chapters and three books including Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture (AHEAD, 2016).

Ferne Bork

Ferne Bork is an Assistant Director of Admissions and Training Coordinator for Landmark College, a four-year liberal arts college in Putney, Vermont, devoted exclusively to students who learn differently. LC students have diagnoses that include learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), ADHD, autism, and executive function challenges. Ferne never planned to work in higher education. However, after parenting a son who has ADHD, she changed course. During the years Aaron was at LC earning his associate degree, Ferne formed a deep connection to the college, and five years after he graduated, Ferne joined the Landmark College admissions team. In her current role, she works with college counselors, independent educational consultants, families, and students, sharing both her parent and admissions perspectives. In 2020 she created a webinar, "Navigating the College Search for Students Who Learn Differently," which she presents to schools, organizations, parent groups, and professional conferences across the country.  

Moderated by Tabitha A. Mancini, M.A., Director of Winston Online