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Joined: Jan 25, 2007
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Posted Jan 25, 2007 at 2:06:37 PM
Subject: colleges with strong support services

Hi,

My son is a junior in high school. We're in the process of compiling a list of colleges with strong support services for LD kids. So far we've come up with University of Arizona, University of Denver, American University, University of Vermont and Lynn University.

Can anyone could comment on their experiences with these colleges, and also add any other schools to this list.

Many Thanks!

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Goodysbaby
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Posted:Feb 09, 2007 11:02:21 AM

The following book is a wonderful resource.

The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD written by Marybeth Kravets & Imy F. Wax.

Good luck!
Shel

Shel If your not kicking hard enough your not making waves!

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PaperBagofDOOM
Joined Apr 06, 2007
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Posted:Apr 06, 2007 10:44:52 AM

Try taking a look at Landmark College in Putney, VT. It is fairly expensive and not for everybody, but it caters specifically to students with learning disabilities, and for those it helps it REALLY helps.

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JonsMom
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Posted:Apr 21, 2007 12:52:31 PM

I have a copy of Peterson's "Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD." It lists more than 1,100 colleges in the U.S. and Canada that offer services, and describes what they offer. My son is a sophmore, so we haven't actually used the suggestions yet, but will next year. I hope this helps you.

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hm
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Posted:May 09, 2007 3:22:14 PM

I recommend that you look at Curry College in Milton, Mass, Mitchell College in Connecticut, as well as the following others that have strong support for LD as well as a traditional program.

University of Vermont, American Univeristy, Syracuse University, Barry University, Northeastern, Hofstra Uiversity, Adelphi University, UMass at Amherst and Marist. Going through the search process right now with my daughter who is a HS Junior.

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jnuttall
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Posted:May 09, 2007 4:22:20 PM

On my website, ( www.geocities.com/jnuttallphd ) I have written a document called "Tips for College". This short Web page document outlines some things I learned while I went to college. I talk a bit about study strategies and technologies that are helpful when going to college.

Jim Nuttall -- Michigan -- Dictated with speech recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.1.

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Cierra G
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Posted:Jul 31, 2007 3:29:08 PM

Hi,
My name is Cierra and I just started to read you everything.. and I must say
as a college student with two LD's and ADHD, I tried almost everything and went to a few different colleges, but what has helped me the most and taken me so far in life is
Landmark College in Putney VT.
They really had the best support services and spent many hours helping me figure out what exactly I needed to do.
I plan on going to Pitzer in CA with all of the study skills that I accumulated at landmark.
I'd love to answer anyones questions about the college or anything else :)

I just wanted to throw that out there that landmark changed my life!

Cierra G.

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jnuttallphd
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Posted:Aug 01, 2007 2:25:20 PM

Hello Cierra:

I'm really pleased to hear about your success at Landmark College. I am wondering if you'd be willing to write up some of the study skills and/or assistive technologies that you have used while in college. I would post your tips on my website. Here's the link to my website. I'm trying to gather information on what helps students be successful in college.
www.geocities.com/jnuttallphd

James Nuttall -- Michigan

Jim -- Michigan www.geocities.com/jnuttallphd

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Aly
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Posted:Aug 20, 2007 8:50:54 PM

I can only speak to the colleges I have gone to that have good support. I graduated from undergrad from Kent State University. They have a wonderful disabled student services there. I am going to grad school at Notre Dame College of Ohio. Of course, they have accomodations for all students, but they have a special additional program for undergrads. They don't have every program that a public college would have, but if they have what your child wants to major in, they have a lot of supports. The downfall with NDC is that, because they are small, there is a limited selection in instructors.

Best of luck


"Never give up, never surrender" -Galaxy Quest

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” -Albert Einstein

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; Be afraid only of standing still” -Chinese proverb

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SortingOutLife
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Posted:Nov 22, 2007 10:11:12 PM

If you are a Christian the Eastern Nazarene College would be great. They will accept you even if you are not Christian but it is a strong christian envirnment so people who are not christian do not feel comftorable there sometimes, though some do go anyway. Check it out at

http://www.enc.edu

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LDintheOC
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Posted:Dec 10, 2007 9:13:58 AM

Hello juniorparent:

Not sure if you have resolved your issue regarding locating a university for your child with LD. You will find on your search that basically every university or community college offers assistance for students with learning disabilities.

What state are you in?

If you could answer why are you specifically looking for a school with some sort of heavy LD emphasis that would be great?

Are you seeking waivers or substitutions for your child or is your child fully functional but would just need extended time on tests?

Did your son get good SAT scores to get into a university?

If your son did poorly on the SAT or had too many difficulties in high school then you should consider a community college to get all of the undergraduate course out of the way at a fraction of the cost of a university. Also if you think for a minute that your son may have to drop out or transfer from a university because of LD problems then do not attend a PRIVATE institution. Unless you are millionaires and can afford to experiment on a school that is $25,000 per year I would avoid and stick to a public institution. Public institution tends to be far more receptive towards LD students then private schools, which tend to do the bare minimum.

We really have not gotten a full picture of your situation to answer the question properly.

California State University Long Beach has a very good LD program.
http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/students2/dss/programs/Stephen_Benson_Program/special_admission/

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juniorparent
Joined Jan 25, 2007
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Posted:Dec 17, 2007 4:57:07 PM

LDintheOC,
Thank you for your response. We live in Massachusetts, and my son will need some basic accomdodations in college. These will probably include extended time on exams, note takers and maybe a distraction free environment. It is unclear whether he will need to meet with a learning specialist regularly in a more structured environment, although it certainly would not hurt.

He has already been accepted to Unversity of Arizona, University of Vermont, Northern Arizona University and Purdue. He is awaiting replies from University of Denver, and Michigan State university. All of his applications are in and completed, but he may apply to one more school - American university. This may be a high reach for him.

If anyone has any insights into the aforementioned schools, I would love your feedback.

Thanks!

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Aly
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Posted:Dec 18, 2007 10:32:24 AM

I have no input on those schools, unfortunately, but a few words of wisdome to impart. If a teacher is not a good fit, switch sections immediately. If your son finds the school is not a good fit, he should remember his past successes in high school and realize that it is the school fit, not him, that is the problem. Transfer to another of the schools that accepted him. Not all schools or teachers are LD friendly. I find quarter systems particualarly poor matches, community colleges excepted.

I wish your son all the best in college.


"Never give up, never surrender" -Galaxy Quest

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” -Albert Einstein

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; Be afraid only of standing still” -Chinese proverb

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ohilly
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Posted:Dec 25, 2007 12:58:12 PM

My son is going to Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. I cannot say enough good things about this school! Their website is www.muskingum.edu for more information.

Good luck!

Ohilly

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qcsmarts
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Posted:Apr 21, 2008 10:30:17 AM

Take a look at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. It has the H.E.L.P. Program which is a valuable resource for LD and ADHD students.

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Angel
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Posted:Oct 27, 2008 2:34:36 AM

It has lots of information about LD kids. Please tell me some colleges with strong support services for LD kids.

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lafeytaffey210
Joined Dec 07, 2008
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Posted:Dec 07, 2008 3:30:31 PM

All schools are in PA. Misericordia University, East Stroudsburg University, and Shippensburg University (the last two are state schools in PA).

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