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Learning Disability Accommodations

Got a learning difference? OWN IT!

High school seniors who have struggled with learning differences in high school often do not mention them when applying to colleges fearing that colleges will not accept them. The reality is that although they've learned to manage their learning differences, they might want to use some of their accommodations in college. Additionally, revealing a learning difference can actually help a student gain admission to a college.

That's right, putting the learning difference front and center can be an admission strategy.

Asperger's and College Choice

Students with Asperger's who are planning for college have many excellent options. Like all teens, their best choices depend on finding colleges that fit their interests, skills and personality. Depending on their executive function skills, they might choose a college with support services for any learning and functional differences they have or they can choose a college devoted to serving students who face the specific barriers to success. 

The good news about special colleges is that they often prepare students to be successful at more selective colleges after only a year or two. The other good news is that parents paying for any specialized colleges for students with special conditions like Asperger's should talk to their tax advisor or accountant about related tax deductions. 

Got an IEP? Don't forget to take it to college.

High school students experiencing academic challenges who are fortunate enough to have gotten testing and evaluation services in k-12 to identify a learning disability usually receive an IEP or individual educational plan.  The IEP identifies the learning issue and specifies classroom and testing accommodations designed to help the student realize his academic potential.

The IEP can be hard to get.  Some school systems resist evaluating a student for a host of reasons to include extra cost to schools and increasingly limited staffing to provide any special services.