Originally Posted: Jan 25, 2012
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2012
Eileen Antalek, Ed.D.
Educational Directions, Inc.
For learning disabled and other students with special considerations, including those with AD/HD, dyslexia, bipolar disorder, and/or physical handicaps, it is important first to know what your needs are before contacting colleges. One of your first and most valuable resources for basic information will be literature about the college, such as that gathered through view books, websites, admission counselors, and/or college guides by well-known sources. Some of the major publishers also offer lists of colleges that offer support services or programs on campus. But if your needs are more specific, you should consider other sources as well. For example, www.fairtest.org lists all those colleges and universities for whom the SAT is now optional, and several of the colleges and universities on this list are also ACT optional. Unlocking Potential by Taymans, West, and Sullivan also lists additional resources, some of which can be very helpful. Ultimately, your best resource will be working with a counselor who knows the colleges you are interested in and the current programs they offer. (InsideCollege has several lists particular to the needs of LD students: Lists for Students with Learning and Physical Challenges.)