College is an exciting time in your young adult's life. With it comes excitement and concern. After all, you no longer have the support system of IEP teams, evaluation professionals, or an Individual Education Program for the learning disability. Be assured, however, there are things you and your child can do that will help her be successful in college with a learning disability. These tips will help you learn about your child's rights in college, develop powerful study strategies, write better essays, and plan A+ presentations.
Learn your Rights under Section 504 - Helping your child understand his rights and how to advocate for himself is critical for his success in college despite having a learning disability. Learn about the specific federal laws that apply to public colleges and universities receiving federal funds, services of the Office for Civil Rights, and disability benefits from the Social Security Administration that may apply to students with severe learning and/or sensory disabilities such as deafness or visual impairments.
- What is Section 504?
- Differences Between Section 504 and IDEA
- Advocating for Yourself in college
- Filing a Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights
- Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration
Academic Strategies - College can be intimidating for someone with a learning disability. With the mountains of books a student must digest to the professors with personality issues (which are thankfully few), most students become frustrated with college at one time or another. These strategies can help you tackle the toughest challenges of academia.
- Managing ADHD in College
- Testing Accommodations under Section 504
- Delivering Great Presentations
- Learn Mnemonics to Improve Memory
- How to Develop a Study Group
- Improve Your Writing Skills - Write a Better Essay
- Should You Cram for a Test?
- Improve Your Reading Comprehension and Recall
Learn about Campus Resources -
- Meet with your academic adviser to learn about study resources on your college campus. Ask specifically about tutoring services and writing supports available through the college or from private providers in the area. Ask if assistance is available to students with a learning disability.
- Get to know the campus disability coordinator. In most cases, your academic adviser or Dean of Students Office can provide you with contact information for the disability coordinator. The disability coordinator may be able to provide you with resources to help you with academics and advocacy.
- Learn about the academic ombudsman. The ombudsman may help you negotiate with professors on disability issues in the event a professor discriminates or you are placed in an unfair situation.