• Learning Disabilities

     
     
    All students with learning disabilities can go to college.

    Both two-and four-year colleges have special programs for students with   
    learning d
    isabilities including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    FEDERAL LAWS
    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

    Title II regulates local and state public colleges and universities

    Title III regulates private colleges and universities

    The SAT and ACT
    must  comply with ADA

    Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008

    Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    Section 504

    WEBSITES

    www.ldonline.org  The official website for the Coordinated Campaign for
    Learning Disabilities.

    www.ldanatl.org  The Learning Disabilities Association

    www.ncld.org  The National Center for Learning Disabilities

    www.perc-schwabfdn.org Parents and Educators Resource Center PERC
    Founded by the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation.


    HOW DO I BEGIN?

    Start early.
    At the beginning of the junior year or earlier you can begin to
    explore colleges with good programs.

    The K& W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or
    Attention Deficit Disorder
    by Kravets and Wax
    This book is an indispensable resource for students with learning disabilities.
    It provides advice from specialists, admission requirements and strategies
    for finding the right program for each student's needs.  It includes 330 school
    profiles and information on another 1,000 schools.

    Peterson’s Colleges With Programs for Students With Learning Disabilities
    or Attention Deficit Disorders by Charles T. Mangrum and Stephen S. Strichart

    This book highlights over 750 program at two-and four-year colleges.

    Contact the Disabled Student Services Office at a college or university to
    learn more about their program.

    These programs are often in great demand and it is important to start your
    research early and learn as much as possible.

    QUESTIONS TO ASK?

    What tests are required?

    Can any high school courses be waived?

    Is there an extra fee to participate in the program?

    How many staff members are available?

    Is extra help available for tutoring and other support?

    Are diagnostic tests available?


    Is Assistive Technology available? (Kurzeweil Reader, voice-activated
    software)

    Are the following allowed for exams?
    Calculator, computer, electronic texts, extended time, oral exams, note takers

    Is a Learning Disability specialist available?

    Are professional tutors available?

    Should I mention my disability in my college application?
    Colleges cannot ask for this information on the application. You could include
    it in your essay.

    SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

    Students with documented disabilities may receive testing accommodations
    (extended time)  for the PSAT, SAT
    , ACT and AP exams.
    Check for deadlines for applying for accommodations for the SAT:

    http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd/application/dates
    Check for deadlines for applying for accommodations for the ACT:

     
     
    See your high school counselor for more
    information.

    College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
    609-771-7137 Voice
    609-882-4118 TTY

    ACT
    www.actstudent.org
    "Students with Disabilities"
    319-337-1851
    319-337-1322


    SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

    National Center for Learning Disabilities   www.ncld.org

    Anne Ford Scholarship
    www.ld.org/awards/afscholarinfo.cfm


    UNIQUE PROGRAMS

    •  University of Arizona SALT Program
    The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center at the University of
    Arizona provides a comprehensive program for students with learning
    disabilities.

    •  Landmark College in Vermont
    This two-year private college is exclusively for students with learning
    disabilities.


    ADDITIONAL  PROGRAMS (partial list)

    Arizona
    University of Arizona  SALT

    Connecticut
    Mitchell College Learning Resource Center

    District of Columbia
    American University

    Florida
    Barry University  (CAL) Center of Advanced Learning
    Lynn University Institute for Achievement & Learning

    Massachusetts
    Curry College Program for Advancement of Learning
    Northeastern University

    New Jersey
    Fairleigh Dickinson University

    New York
    Adelphi University
    Hofstra University (PALS) Program for Academic Learning Skills
    Iona College (CAP) College Assistance Program
    Marymount Manhattan College Program for Academic Access

    North Carolina
    East Carolina University Project STEPP

    Vermont
    Landmark College