Bourke, A. B., Strehorn, K. C., & Silver, P. (2000). Faculty Members’ Provision of Instructional Accommodations to Students with LD. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 33(1), 26-32.
At most colleges, students with learning disabilities/differences must go to a center called something like "Office for Students with Disabilities." Usually, students with a wide variety of disabilities are served through these offices; e.g., hearing, vision, etc. Students need to feel comfortable going to an office with this title. If they don't, they won't go and sometimes that is what happens. This can lead to unfortunate consequences. If students need to have extended time on tests, for example, but don’t arrange for it through the Office for Students with Disabilities, their grades may end up much lower than they should be. I could argue both sides of whether these students have a disability or a difference, but I've had plenty of students tell me that they know perfectly well they have a disability because it is much harder for them to read or write or do math or concentrate or whatever than their peers! So this is something I always mention when I do presentations; i.e., that they may need to go to an office on a college campus that has the word "disability" in its title in order to arrange for the accommodations/and or services that they need.
NCLD - National Center for Learning Disabilities
Another option for students who want to address their learning disability is to use the Additional Information Section that is available on most applications. For example, one of the optional writing opportunities on the Common Application is this one: Please provide an answer below if you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application. If you choose to write about your LD or ADHD in this section, you can focus your main essay on another aspect of your life/personality/experiences/goals, etc.
So what can people with learning disabilities do that I can do also
Self-advocacy is understanding your strengths and needs, identifying your personal goals, knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others. If your teen has a learning disability, self-awareness and self-advocacy are keys to her future success.
Learning Ally - Support for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
Jane McClure is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP 1605) and educational consultant whose work has focused on college counseling and psychoeducational evaluations. McClure was a partner at San Francisco’s McClure, Mallory, Baron & Ross for more than 20 years. Previously named Educational Psychologist of the Year by the California Association of Licensed Educational Psychologists, McClure recently received the WACAC Service Award from the Western Association of College Admission Counseling. For the College Board, she has presented workshops for guidance counselors related to counseling college-bound students who have learning disabilities and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and worked as a consultant on issues related to services for students with disabilities.
The 18 Best Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
Anxiety is a sense of fear and worry, and it is not uncommon among students with language-based learning disabilities. Here are several strategies from the Landmark School Outreach Program that focus on reducing anxiety.
Teaching Students with Disabilities
They also reward and recognize the effort that many students take to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their education. There are scholarships available for students that suffer from mental, physical, health-related, students with learning disabilities and students with hearing and visual impairments.