Choosing a College for Students with Learning Challenges

College is accessible to students with learning challenges, however, students and parents must carefully research colleges and universities as the level of support widely varies among institutions. In the article, Stepping Up to the Challenge,” New York Times reporter Tara Parker-Pope writes about the transition from high school to college for students with ADHD. She notes that not only must students balance the physical and medical demands of making the transition, students must carefully choose the college or university they will attend based on the support services offered. The National Alliance on Mental Illness website provides information for obtaining accommodations in college, understanding your rights, and preparing for college. The U.S. News and World Reports article by Kim Clark, 8 Steps for Learning Disabled Students Who Want to Go to College,” provides other helpful tips for parents and students.

You may find the following websites helpful in identifying colleges with the best support programs for students with Learning Disabilities.

Refer toThe K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorderfor additional assistance in identifying colleges. The following listing includes colleges known for providing a broad range of support programs:

Organizations providing information, support, and clinical expertise:

Additional resources and links:

Special Needs Scholarships

Identifying special needs scholarships simply requires performing an Internet search on the type of need, for example, “scholarships for students with autism” yields 1,130,000 results on Google. “Scholarships for students with adhd” yields 323,000 results.

It is critically important for parents and students to get an early start in their college planning efforts. Students will need to visit the colleges and parents should carefully assess the support programs and associated costs.