Friday, February 26, 2016

Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Navigate the College Search

by Amanda Grillo
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I attended a presentation at Curry College called Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Navigate the College Search. Many students who received extra supports in high school because of a diagnosed learning disability worry about whether they will have those supports available to them at the college level. The good news is that there are many colleges that offer varying degrees of supports to students with learning disabilities. When students begin the college search one of the qualities they should look for in the school is the extent of learning disability supports offered. Some schools like Curry College and Dean College offer what is called a comprehensive program. A comprehensive program offers the highest level of support at the college level and has its own separate admissions process. Many of these programs are fee based. Not all students with learning disabilities will necessarily need a comprehensive program. Many colleges offer accommodations, but the student must initiate accessing them when needed. It is important for students and families to determine what supports are necessary in order for the student to be successful. The next step is to ask colleges if those supports are offered and how, when and where the student can access them. The main take away is that there is a college for everyone and students with learning disabilities will still have a wide variety of schools to choose from that can meet their needs. If you would like more information about the college process for students with learning disabilities please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

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