Where can I get information on colleges that are best for kids with learning disabilities?
Start Your Research
Have you done any research on this question? We can help you get started, but you need to answer some questions first.
- What is the nature of your child’s learning disabilities?
- When will he graduate from high school?
- Does he want to go to college?
- What are his interests?
- Are you looking for a college in your state (in-state tuition)?
This page has links to articles, videos, podcasts, directories of colleges with programs for kids with learning disabilities, and helpful information.
Involve Your Child in Planning
Your son needs to be involved in the planning and research.
Take a look at this video.
From Where I Sit is a powerful video series of eight CSU students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom.
They tell their stories by answering five questions:
1. What is your disability?
2. What made you decide to come to college?
3. What is it like in the classroom?
4. What do you have to do to keep up with the class?
5. What suggestions can you offer to faculty that will make their classroom more accessible?
Listen to this Podcast.
Use a Directory.
There is a huge amount of good information on the Internet.
There are also educational consultants who can help you find a college that will be a good fit.
If you would like to use a consultant, the Yellow Pages will help you find someone in your area to contact.
College program options for students with disabilities are growing, but many programs are expensive.
Some schools offer a transition year in which students earn transferable credits while preparing for college life. Other degree-granting institutions for the learning disabled include summer programs for college-bound students.
“Federal law requires all colleges to provide some accommodations for the learning disabled — tutoring, for example, or extra time on exams — and with the rapid increase in students with diagnosed learning disabilities, many mainstream colleges and universities are trying to serve them better.” – from Learning with Disabilities (NY Times)