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All students have the opportunity to be successful in college; some just need a little extra help. Here's a list of the most common accommodations you should ask for as an LD student.

This blog was originally posted on PrepExpert.com.

According to research conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics, approximately 11% of students self-reported having a learning disability. While students with learning disabilities contend with difficulties that other students do not, it’s still possible to attend college and be successful once there.If you have a learning disability and are unsure how you can successfully navigate college, look out for these accommodations during your college search.


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Common learning disabilities

  • Dyslexia: Associated with reading ability
  • Dyscalculia: Concerns difficulties with math concepts
  • Dysgraphia: Associated with specific writing-related difficulties
  • Auditory processing disorder (APD): Difficulty to understand and use auditory information
  • Visual processing disorder (VPD): Difficulty in receiving and utilizing visual information
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Characterized by extensive distraction or hyperactivity

Related: 10 Tips to Defy Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities

College accommodations for learning disabilities

Most colleges and universities have resources and staff in place to help students with learning disabilities receive the assistance they need to succeed.

A variety of accommodations are available for assisting students with attending classes, completing coursework, taking exams in a format that suits their needs, and more. It’s always important to do research beforehand to figure out what prospective colleges and universities offer and whether or not they’ll suit your specific needs.

Modified individual course instruction

Some schools will offer modified course instruction to help tailor the coursework and presentations to your needs, in which case adjustments can be made to things like course content, content presentation, and the learning environment.

The goal is to present the same information but in such a manner that makes it more accessible without sacrificing necessary information.

Alternative coursework and test materials

This accommodation allows for either course exams or final projects to be adjusted in order to allow students alternative means of expressing their class comprehension. Initiatives such as the Universal Design of Instruction exist to promote creating highly accessible courses across the spectrum of learning styles.

Adaptive software and technology

Technological solutions dedicated to assisting students with learning disabilities are wide-ranging and available, so be sure to ask about them. Common examples include:

  • Stress management tools
  • Software to help easily process text
  • Recording devices for lectures

Check with on-campus services to see what equipment and software they have readily available for class assistance.

Classroom accommodations

There are ways to make in-class experience easier. These are some of the most common in-class accommodations you can request:

  • An assigned scribe or note-taker
  • An in-class assistant
  • Easily accessible seating
  • Quiet classroom space for exams

Again, one or more of these options are normally available upon request at many colleges.

Additional time for coursework and assignments

Once a student discloses their specific disability to the proper department, they may be eligible to request additional time to complete coursework and exams. For example, if a student responds better to an oral examination, then that request can potentially be fulfilled.

Related: 5 Campus Resources Every Student Should Know About

Disability resource centers

Look for facilities in the surrounding community near campus. Very often, disability resource organizations in a particular city will establish partnerships with schools. These partnerships help facilitate learning disabled students to receive additional help and services without putting additional stress on the school itself.

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