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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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!!
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:
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!