College Bound High School Students with Dyslexia, LD or ADHD Accommodations provided in elementary, middle and high school through the IDEA law are not automatically extended to the college student. If you are a student intending to go to college or other post high school program you should consider having a re- evaluation completed with a diagnosis before high school graduation. Many colleges and universities require a recent evaluation for you to get services. Before you graduate high school your school district is required to complete a Summary of Performance which states your disability, what services you officially received at the school that helped you succeed and prepare for college, and recommendations for services and/or supports you will continue to need. Steps you will need to do before and right after you enroll in college Before you enroll in your college, talk with someone in the academic support office (learning disabilities support office) and find out what documentation is required for that school and what kinds of services can be offered. Be ready to provide recent documentation of your learning disability. Colleges require documentation of a disability within the past three years. Once admitted, get in touch with the Academic Support Services to discuss your request for accommodations. If you are denied accommodations, rind out what the school's internal grievance procedure is and work with the Office of Disability Services to follow it. If you feel you were unfairly denied you can file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights or the U.S. Department of Justice for violation of Sections 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Here is a list of reference books that can be very helpful for the college bound student with learning disabilities or ADHD. Click on each one to learn more. “Survival Guide for College Students with ADHD or LD” “K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities, 10th Edition” “Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution” “College Success for Students With Learning Disabilities: Strategies and Tips to Make the Most of Your College Experience”
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