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Colleges For Students With Learning Disabilities

Kimberly Said:

what are the requirements for helping kids with learning disabilities?

We Answered:

In most school systems you need a Bachelor's and/or Master's in Education with a certification, or specialization in Special Education.

Ann Said:

guidelines colleges go by for students with disabilities?

We Answered:

In order to get modified work, you must have had an evaluation by a qualified professional during the past 3 years proving that you have that diagnosis. That would be someone like an educational psychologist or neuropsychologist and a medical doctor.
Your best bet would be to ask your college's disability office what specific documentation you need to obtain the services you need.

Even with documentation, you may still only be allowed the accommodation they recommend...in this case, a tutor.

I understand how frustrating this must be for you. I work with students with your diagnosis and have a daughter with another type of disability who has to advocate for herself at college.

Colleges have had to really tighten up on who qualifies, because unfortunately there are a lot of students (and their parents) who think kids with ADHD and other disabilities are getting breaks at the expense of their kids and therefore better classes and grades. They doctor shop until they get a written diagnosis and then try to pass their kids off as disabled when they're not.

The ADA does not pertain to your situation. My advice would be to try and work with your disability office. Take advantage of the tutor. Tape record your lectures so you can listen to them when you need to, in case you missed something. Use highlight tape for key vocabulary and info in your textbooks. Outline your chapters, etc. Most people with your diagnosis do just fine in college. I'm sure you will too.

Lance Said:

Third level education and Learning Disabilities?

We Answered:

You might find the National Learning Network helpful:
http://www.rehab.ie/nln/index.aspx

You could also try contacting any support groups for Down Syndrome, a nationwide group should have information on any courses that might be of interest.

You could also try contacting these guys, they seem to focus on primary & secondary students but they should be able to put you in contact with someone who deals with 3rd level:
http://www.ncse.ie/

http://www.pwdi.ie/useful_links/index.ht…

Stacy Said:

Can student's with Learning Disabilities succeed in life?

We Answered:

If you can be determined enough and not let your slowness frustrate you into quitting then go for it. People with disabilities make something of themselves every day. But they don't quit or give up. If you have a disability of any kind it's only that, a disability... when you let it keep you from your goals in life, that is when it becomes a handicap, and only you can prevent that.

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Colleges have had to really tighten up on who qualifies, because unfortunately there are a lot of students (and their parents) who think kids with ADHD and other disabilities are getting breaks at the expense of their kids and therefore better classes and grades. They doctor shop until they get a written diagnosis and then try to pass their kids off as disabled when they're not.