All students with learning disabilities can go to college.
Both two-and four-year colleges have special programs for students with
learning disabilities including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Students with learning challenges related to anxiety, depression, bipolar
disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders may benefit from leaning
support centers on campus. Student Counseling Centers also provide
Begin your college search with a phone call to one of these centers or check
out the resources on the college website.
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
www.ldonline.org The official website for the Coordinated Campaign for
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 Learning Support Center or 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.
This online site provides free courses in math, science, history, art and
computer sciences. It has over 6 million users each month. It's popular since
it simplifies the course material and makes it easy to learn.
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
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.
Students with documented disabilities may receive testing accommodations
(extended time) for the PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP exams.
The student needs to complete a Student Eligibility Form (for SAT) and provide
required documentation. See your high school counselor for more
College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
"Students with Disabilities"
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
National Center for Learning Disabilities www.ncld.org
Anne Ford Scholarship
• University of Arizona SALT Program
The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center at the University of
Arizona provides a comprehensive program for students with learning
• Landmark College in Vermont
This two-year private college is exclusively for students with learning
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS For Students with Learning Disabilities
University of Arizona SALT
University of the Ozarks Jones Learning Center
All California State University campuses
Mitchell College Learning Resource Center
District of Columbia
Barry University (CAL) Center of Advanced Learning
Lynn University Institute for Achievement & Learning
Curry College Program for Advancement of Learning
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Hofstra University (PALS) Program for Academic Learning Skills
Iona College (CAP) College Assistance Program
Marymount Manhattan College Program for Academic Access
East Carolina University Project STEPP
FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA:
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (California)
Artists & Designers
Leonardo da Vinci
Scientists & Inventors
Alexander Graham Bell
Carol Greider Nobel Prize in Medicine
Pierre Curie Nobel Prize
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders
Richard Branson Founder Virgin Airlines
John Chambers CEO Cisco Systems
William Hewlett Co-Founder Hewlett-Packard
Charles Schwab Investor
Ted Turner President Turner Broadcasting
and many many more...
All these people had persistence and had to think outside the box to
achieve their success.
In the HBO documentary "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,"
Charles Schwab commented that he found empowerment with his
dyslexia. He is able to think through decisions more directly than his
Richard Branson believes dyslexia helped him simplify his advertising.
College Opportunities for Students with Learning Disabilities