College and Career Prep
Senior year is a very busy and important time in the college admissions process. November is a month full of early application deadlines, and a great time to work on applications that are due in January. It's also a great time to consider other options for students who do not plan to head off to college. Take advantage of our resources on the topic, designed to help your student find the right place for next year.
Selecting a College for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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.
A student with a learning disability planning to attend college needs to take several steps to prepare for selecting the right college and for a successful college experience. Written for students, this article from NCLD summarizes what's important in six steps.
Whether your teen with LD or AD/HD is college-bound or already on campus, he'll find this resource list invaluable. Find information on test accommodations, summer precollege programs, tips for success in college and more. From our friends at Great Schools.
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.
Looking for a growth chart for academics? This parent toolkit helps parents understand course material covered in each grade. Organized by level, each grade offers information about math and language arts along with tips and advice for fostering success. The site is produced by NBC News Education Nation and is sponsored by Pearson.
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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.
Interested in getting your Bachelor's degree? The Anne Ford scholarship awards future college students $10,000 over the course of a four-year bachelor's degree program.
Interested in getting your Associates degree? The Allegra Ford scholarship awards $2,500 to a graduating senior who will enroll in a community college, vocational school, or technical training program.
Graduating high school seniors with a documented LD may apply.
Research & News
Writing goals for an IEP that align with the Common Core standards can be a challenge. A new report from Education Week recommends that special education teachers learn to "capture the essence" of the standards. This "unwrapping" of the standards can make it easier for teachers to see elements of their instruction that is already aligned with the Common Core.
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A small study of high school students at the Landmark High School, a school for students with language-based disabilities, sheds light into the benefits of e-readers for students with dyslexia. Reading on paper was compared with reading on a small handheld e-reader device, formatted to display few words per line. The results suggest that students read more rapidly and with better understanding when using an e-reader.
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A brain imaging study of dyslexia shows that differences in the visual system do not cause the disorder, but instead are likely a consequence. The findings, published in the journal Neuron, address a long-standing debate about the role of visual symptoms observed in developmental dyslexia. The researchers point out that these findings could have important implications for practice. "Early identification and treatment of dyslexia should not revolve around these deficits in visual processing," says Olumide Olulade, PhD, the study's lead author and post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center. "While our study showed that there is a strong correlation between people's reading ability and brain activity in the visual system, it does not mean that training the visual system will result in better reading. We think it is the other way around."
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