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How much studying will be required? How much assistance will I get due to my Learning Disability

I have a learning disability and want to make sure I keep up with my classes. I have managed in high school but know it will be different in college. I am enrolling in a college with strong supports for people with learning differences.
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Dear Raymond, Good for you for being proactive! I think the best thing you can do is get a clear understanding of the programs and services available at your college. Most will have a webpage to describe these. Here's an example - http://www.northeastern.edu/ldp/. Then I would suggest that you set up time for a meeting (in person or via Skype, etc.) to discuss your concerns and ask questions. My sense is that you will find people who are caring and eager and willing to help you. I hope this helps - all the best to you! Jennifer Jortner Cassidy

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Kim’s Answer

Raymond,

My school had a disability office. Once I told them what I needed, they gave me a form to take to my professors at the beginning of the semester. This let them know what I needed. I had no problems with this. My needs were physical, so I cannot speak to the learning disabilities angle. But, the school had a testing center, and they would administer tests to those needing accommodations. I know they would give these students longer to test. In another class, there was a student who was easily distracted. The classroom actually was designed weird, so this student was able to sit in a nook where he was in the front of the class, but had a wall behind him, blocking him from seeing other students if he turned around.


My school was very big on the idea that students needed to be their own advocate. If there is something that is not going right, the student needs to speak up and start the process to find a solution. I think this is good, because, once you leave the school environment, and enter the workplace, getting accommodations can be a bit more challenging.


Congrats on going to school - best of luck!!

Kim


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Maleah’s Answer

Hi Raymond! I cannot speak to how much studying will be required, as the amount of time needed to study varies among individuals. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504, any colleges receiving federal funding must provide equal access to education, along with reasonable accommodations. Due to the aforementioned laws, your college should have a dedicated office and/or employee that coordinates any accommodations for students with disabilities. Here's more info on the ADA:

https://www.ada.gov

https://adata.org/learn-about-ada


In order to transition from receiving accommodations in high school to receiving accommodations in college, I was able to get in touch with the disability services office and its director, who then instructed me to bring documentation detailing my disability and to fill out an application for whatever accommodations I believed would be helpful.


Speaking to my personal experience with seeking out accommodations, I would recommend searching your university's website or asking someone affiliated with the college that you are comfortable disclosing your learning disability to in order to receive more concrete answers on how to receive assistance. In addition, I would recommend having any supporting documents from your doctor regarding your disability on hand. Good luck!


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Mike’s Answer

Schools offer varying levels of support. The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences is a great resource. University of Arizona's SALT program gets great reviews, as does Marist's Learning Support Program. If you really need more support you should look @ Landmark College in VT and Beacon College in FL. They are very hands on, and while they strictly speaking will let you fail a class or two, it is part of a process. They stress the fundamentals, and give you a solid foundation for future success. The have learning specialists to teach organization and other executive function skills. They focus on the basics to help you transition out of the home.

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