4 thoughts on “HS4CC Question: Learning Disabilities?

  1. In college, we’ve found great support with the Office Of Disability Services. Our (homeschooled) son received: 1.5 time on quizzes/exams, priority scheduling, reduced class load that won’t affect his Full-time status (financial aid), receptive support at the office. Other accommodations we asked for and received in some form: digital and hard copies of books and audio book options made available as needed. Priority scheduling is an important accommodation, as back-to-back classes can be overwhelming, it also provides the option to choose professors, and allows time to eat/prep.
    In order to qualify for accommodations as a home school student, we simply had to be 1) accepted at the school 2) have a written evaluation from a professional (psychologist)- ours was 5+ years old 3) answer questions about the disability and need for accommodations 4) student interviews with the office. The process was just like any other student receiving accommodations.
    A good high school “to-do” list is: 1. make sure they understand their diagnosis, what they need, why they need it 2. practice articulating this to you 3. obtain (or search through your records for) official diagnosis from a professional 4. think about what accommodations would help them 5. take college-level classes in high school

    1. Thanks for that information and your insight, Tamra. What is provided as an accommodation when a student receives “receptive support at the office”?

  2. We’re in NYC. My 15 yo with an IESP for ADHD brought it to 2 CUNY’s where he’s taking College Now classes (City Tech and LaGuardia). City Tech immediately set up a meeting with him, reviewed his IESP, and the same day wrote a letter for his professors giving him double time and a separate room for quizzes and tests, plus assistive technology including a reader pen (at their expense). Those things were all on his IESP. LaGuardia had a 3 week wait for an appointment, so he hasn’t gotten anything yet.

  3. Our daughter that has dyslexia has been well cared for by the student resource department at her college. It is a little work, and there is a little variance between the professors in how responsive they are, but in general they have been reasonable and supportive. When we had her diagnosed we worked with the evaluator compiling her report to make sure we understood the recommended accommodations and that they were adequate. Starting with dual enrollment courses our daughter started learning to advocate for herself by reaching out to each professor at the start of each semester and sharing her diagnosis and needed accommodations and getting feedback from the profs.

    When she went away to school, the process was a little different, but she was already comfortable handling it on her own by then. She has access to audiobooks, extra time on tests (taken in the testing lab if needed), copies of notes from another student in class, and technically she cannot be marked off for mechanics and grammar on her papers (she is super picky about this though and still runs them through the campus writing lab before submitting).

    I have heard horror stories from others (homeschool and non) that have had to suffer under profs that were not understanding, but we have had very good experiences and only a couple roughly graded assignments here and there. Many of the profs seem to be less informed about disabilities and accommodations, but most are willing to work with the student and want them to succeed.

    Such an important topic to address and prepare kids to manage if needed!

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