Students with LD and/or ADHD need to become experts on how to engineer their academic success, a process that requires experiences that build self-insight, self-advocacy, and resourcefulness. Learn when to begin college planning, how to understand your legal rights, and find the right college.
Students with LD often face difficulties while reading, including losing one's place, losing one's focus, or not getting the point of the passage. These difficulties can be exacerbated when taking high-stakes tests like the SAT. Find out more about the common difficulties, and also some solutions that may help.
AdLit.org, our sister site dedicated to resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12, has a dedicated section called Ready for College. This wealth of resources includes information on dropout prevention, early college awareness, and more research on college readiness.
Heading straight to college from high school may not be the best option for all students. Other choices include a full-time job, attending a technical school or community college, or seeking training in a specialized area. Our article from the PACER Center can help students consider their path and take their first steps.
December 12, 2013
'Read-Aloud' Assistance on Common Tests Proves Contentious
Mom: My Autistic Son 'Is Lost in a Sea of Standards' at School
The Washington Post
Program Supports Students with Learning Disabilities
The Gannon Knight (Erie, PA)
Question: Can my son receive modifications and use assistive technology during the SAT?
Answer: ETS, the publisher of the SAT, offers many options for its test-takers, but the process for getting approval takes seven weeks at the minimum. In most cases, the evaluation and diagnostic testing documentation needs to have been completed within 5 years of the request for modifications.
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Techniques and materials that allow individuals with LD to complete school or work tasks with greater ease and effectiveness. Examples include spellcheckers, tape recorders, and expanded time for completing assignments.
For more information, see our section on Accommodations & Modifications.
Filled with case studies, best practices, program guidelines, and strategies, this is a required resource for anyone who educates or coordinates services for individuals with disabilities. Readers will discover their part in helping young people gain access to a meaningful college education — one that promotes independence and responsibility, sharpens social skills, and builds a strong foundation for a successful career.