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Learning Disabilities and Preparing for College

As mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), almost all colleges and universities provide accommodations and some level of services for learning disabled students. A growing number of online resources are available to help students with learning disabilities prepare for college. Resources include information about testing accommodations, college programs, disabled student admission standards, college disabled student services, and legal rights for disabled students in college.

Listed here are links to websites and articles to get you started. Since online information is being added all the time, be sure to do your own web search for up-to-date information and additional resources.

Navigating the College Search: Considerations for Students with Learning Disabilities

"Helping Your Student with Disabilities During Their College Search” – article from the National Association of College Admission Counseling

Support at College for Students with Learning Disabilities – brief overview of various levels of LD support at colleges with a listing of colleges under each level of support (Structured, Coordinated, Basic)

Differences Between Secondary Education and Post Secondary Education (College) – features a table describing the difference between disability services at K-12 schools and Higher Education options

college programs – about accredited colleges known for offering good support to students with learning disabilities – HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities, including information for students with disabilities on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. – AHEAD (Association on Higher Education And Disability) is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education. – Schwab Learning contains a wealth of information. Topics include managing school and learning, preparing for life after high school, and shopping for a college. – A general overview about college opportunities for students with learning disabilities. – Information and advice regarding the transition from school to college. – List of colleges with programs for learning disabled students. – an independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, helping students with ASD explore and navigate college options before, during and through the college process.

Learning Disabilities Association of America ( – LDA provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources.

Hard Decisions for Learning Disabled, The New York Times, November 3, 2011

The Choice Part 1: Answers to Your Questions on Applying With a Learning Disability, The New York Times, November 7, 2011


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