This post is part of a series on Preparing  Students With Dyslexia Find College Success.  To read the entire series from the beginning, click here.  Finding the right college for a student with dyslexia can make a huge difference in his or her level of confidence and success.

Finding the Right College for Your Student With Dyslexia

How to Find the Right College

One way to begin the search for just the right college is to begin by choosing colleges you would like to attend.  Then head over to the college website and search for ‘student services’ or ‘disabilities’ to find what services are offered.  If you can call and speak to the person who or department which is responsible to arrange the accommodations, here are some questions to ask:

  • What types of academic accommodations are typically provided to students with learning challenges on your campus?  Will this college provide the specific accommodations that I need?
  • What types of support are available?
  • Does the program have professional tutors or peer (student) tutors?  Does the college have tutors available who are trained and understand the needs of students with learning differences?
  • Are students assigned a regular appointment or do they receive services on a drop-in basis?
  • Are there additional fees to participate in the support program?
  • How long has the support program been in place at this college?
  • How many students are enrolled in the support program?
  • What is the retention rate of students with learning challenges at this college?
  • How many students with learning challenges have graduated in the past 5 years?  What were their major fields of study?
  • Is there a summer pre-college program available to incoming first year students?

Resources for Finding a College for Your Student with Learning Disabilities

CollegeBoard.com is a great way to seek for colleges that match your student.  Go to College Search, and fill out the survey, marking that learning disabilities services are needed.

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If you have been educating and advocating for your dyslexic child for long, you know the importance of getting educated.  Preparing for college is no different.  The following list of books are gold mines of information to help you and your child find the right college and get the help that they need.

The K&W Guide to College Programs & Srevices for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Colleges That Change Lives:  40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges

Preparing Students With Disabilities for College Success:  A Practical Guide for Transition

Survival Guide for College Students with ADHD or LD

Learning Outside the Lines:  Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution

Please join us here tomorrow when we will talk about Educational Options for After High School.

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