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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(opens in a new window) 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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