LEARNING DISABILITIES

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
support.

Begin your college search with a phone call to one of these centers or check
out the resources on the college website.  

FEDERAL LAWS
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
Section 504

WEBSITES

www.ldonline.org
 The official website for the Coordinated Campaign for
Learning Disabilities.

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.

KHAN ACADEMY
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
software)

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.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

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
information.

College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
609-771-7137 Voice
609-882-4118 TTY

ACT
www.actstudent.org
"Students with Disabilities"
319-337-1851
319-337-1322


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

National Center for Learning Disabilities   www.ncld.org

Anne Ford Scholarship
www.ld.org/awards/afscholarinfo.cfm


UNIQUE PROGRAMS

•  University of Arizona SALT Program
The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center at the University of
Arizona provides a comprehensive program for students with learning
disabilities.

•  
Landmark College in Vermont
This two-year private college is exclusively for students with learning
disabilities.


ADDITIONAL  PROGRAMS For Students with Learning Disabilities

Arizona
University of Arizona  SALT

Arkansas
University of the Ozarks Jones Learning Center

California
All California State University campuses

Connecticut
Mitchell College Learning Resource Center

District of Columbia
American University

Florida
Barry University  (CAL) Center of Advanced Learning
Lynn University Institute for Achievement & Learning

Massachusetts
Curry College Program for Advancement of Learning
Northeastern University

New Jersey
Fairleigh Dickinson University

New York
Adelphi University
Hofstra University (PALS) Program for Academic Learning Skills
Iona College (CAP) College Assistance Program
Marymount Manhattan College Program for Academic Access

North Carolina
East Carolina University Project STEPP

Vermont
Landmark College


FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA:

Actors
Tom Cruise
Whoopi Goldberg
Jay Leno
Robin Williams

Athletes
Muhammad Ali
Terry Bradshaw
Magic Johnson
Bruce Jenner
Nolan Ryan

Attorneys
David Boies

Political Leaders
Winston Churchill
Thomas Jefferson
John Kennedy
Nelson Rockefeller
Woodrow Wilson
George Washington
Lt. Governor  Gavin Newsom (California)

Artists & Designers
Leonardo da Vinci
Ansel Adams
Tommy Hilfiger

Scientists & Inventors
Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Carol Greider Nobel Prize in Medicine
Pierre Curie Nobel Prize

Writers
Scott Adams
Agatha Christie
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

Vocalists
Cher
John Lennon

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
colleagues.

Richard Branson believes dyslexia helped him simplify his advertising.
College Opportunities for Students with Learning Disabilities