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I have a learning disability and I am struggling to complete the requirements for my college degree. What are my options?

I need advice in regards to my learning disability. I was diagnosed in 1994 with Written Expression Disorder. I have recently returned to college to pursue my degree in elementary education at Wilmington University in Delaware. I have to take and pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test before I can complete my degree.

I have struggled with each of the sections of the test, but I have passed every one except for the writing. I have received additional time because of my learning disability, but I still have not passed the test. I have taken the test nine times so far. What are my rights about being tested on the areas that I have a learning disability in?

You have been incredibly persistent. You need assistance from an attorney knowledgeable about your right to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. I can’t give you legal advice, but would suggest that you check the National Disability Rights Network website for the name of the federally funded advocacy organization in your state. They may either be able to assist you or refer you to a knowledgeable disability rights lawyer in your area.

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