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colleges with strong LD support

juniorparentjuniorparent Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member

My son, a junior in high school with a LD, is in the process of compiling a list of potential colleges. So far we are researching University of Arizona, University of Denver, American University, University of Vermont and Lynn University. Can anyone comment on LD programs/ services at these schools? Also other recommendations for the list would be appreciated.

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  • caruthcaruth Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    Hi juniorparent: My D went to Univ of Delaware and with educational testing from a psychologist was entitled to LD support, testing in a quiet place, etc. She did very well there. Check it out and best of luck.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    If he has a 504- make sure it is updated to include what he needs.
    That will be used in college and the workplace.

    We didnt' look at colleges specifically known for disabilty support & were pleasantly surprised that her top two choices appeared to have good support.

    I have also heard good things about Vermont- and Arizona- but am not as familar with the others.
  • pieceofcakepieceofcake Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I, too, am interested in hearing about schools with good programs in place.

    We are looking into alternative college choices, now that we have decided our extremely bright ADD son is not independent enough to go off to the schools he wants/applied to. His meds are still not stable, his organization still non-existent, forgetfulness and denial are still very much a part of everyday life. It practically takes a bomb going off to wake him. I worry that he will fall behind, and that will in turn cause stress and consequently depression, which we cannot monitor long distance.

    I keep hearing that the big state universities have good programs, but I find it hard to believe a kid like him won't fall through the cracks in a large school. I like the idea of a small school where the profs know the students names, and whether they showed up for class or not. But usually those schools don't have LD programs. Anybody have other suggestions, East coast preferred? We are located in the Mid-Atlantic. I also am interested in hearing comments about Landmark College in VT. (I also posted this last request on the parent forum, but thought this forum might yield a better response.) Thank you.
  • scansmomscansmom Registered User Posts: 1,553 Senior Member
    Just posted this in the parents forum too but should have put it here instead:

    My S is currently a freshman at Northeastern University in Boston. He has mild Aspergers but does not receive any accommodations. He has some organizational and time management issues as well as problems with understanding nonverbal communications etc. so our inital plan was for him to attend a local school in Minnesota, close to home, but live on campus. However, he ended up also applying to Northeastern for its co-op program; we both felt more hands-on learning experiences would help keep him more focused and engaged in his studies.

    While researching the school last year, I also checked into their LD services since I wanted to be comfortable that there were services available if he needed them down the road.

    In addition to standard accommodations that many colleges provide to students with LDs or ADD, they also offer another fee-based LD program (costs about $2000 or so a year) that is specifically geared towards students with ADD and includes regular meetings with an LD specialist to help monitor their work and provide personalized assistance. Here's a description of their program from their webpage:


    "From the Director
    We are proud to present this unique and exciting program to students at Northeastern University. The Learning Disabilities Program (LDP) offers a combination of expertise and experience from qualified professionals who are committed to students’ academic growth and success. Our work includes instruction, support, and guidance to foster students’ skill development and to build on their strengths. We encourage students to assume responsibility for their learning while engaging them to nurture their development. We respect our students’ individuality, their needs, and their goals.
    The LDP best serves students who can use individualized support to take action toward their goals and who are committed to improving their academic skills, while better understanding their learning disability and becoming more effective learners.
    . . . .
    The Learning Disabilities Program is a comprehensive tutorial program for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.
    Each student meets with his or her learning disabilities specialist for two hours weekly. This regular schedule of individual tutorials ensures the dynamic, personal, and intensive character that makes the program successful.
    Please note: Basic accommodations for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder are provided at no cost by the Disability Resource Center. Additional information is available at (617) 373-2675 or www.drc.neu.edu <http://www.drc.neu.edu>.
    Content for tutorials is drawn directly from the student’s course work. Skills addressed may include time management, organization, reading comprehension, expository writing, research and study skills, and self-advocacy."
  • BrendankBrendank Registered User Posts: 202 Junior Member
    The school I go to has an incredible disabilities office. Check the the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. It is a small-medium size school with many of the benefits and offices of a large state school.
  • palermopalermo Registered User Posts: 351 Member
    Check out St. Michael's in Vermont. I seem to recall them discussing support for students during their information sessions.
  • mom60mom60 Registered User Posts: 7,367 Senior Member
    I husband was impressed with the disabilities department at Willamette in Oregon. I don't think my son will end up there but they seem like they really care about the students. They offer step by step writing help for as long as you want it. For some students it is all 4 years. But like all the programs your child has to be proactive and ask for what they need.
  • arizonamomarizonamom Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    I have heard great things about U of A's program from parents. I do not know specifics just that their children thrived and had many successes.
  • scansmomscansmom Registered User Posts: 1,553 Senior Member
    Another very small LAC with excellent services for LD but probably one that nobody outside of Minnesota has ever heard of before is Augsburg College in Minneapolis (it is right next to the University of Minnesota). GCs in Minnesota will often recommend this school for students with LDs. Freshman class is around 400 yet the school serves over 100 students with LDs each year. S's GC did recommend this school for him a year ago but since he planned to study engineering it's not one he ever seriously considered.

  • laladylalady Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    My daughter is in the SALT program at Univeristy of Arizona and is thriving. I strongly recommend you look into it. You can PM me with specific questions.
  • lesmizzielesmizzie - Posts: 1,471 Senior Member
    U of A is huge though..have u looked into American? great school DC location...LD support program for first yr and a great program after that..i myself am looking into going...it has 5k undergrad 10-11k all together...
  • scansmomscansmom Registered User Posts: 1,553 Senior Member
    came across this list of colleges with strong LD programs...

  • mkm56mkm56 Registered User Posts: 3,062 Senior Member
    Thanks for that link scansmom. I have a niece with Asperger's--will send link on to her mom.
  • hopeful momhopeful mom Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    I understand that Menlo in California is very good.
  • MGMomMGMom Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Curry College in Milton, MA. First LD program in the country - 1970; called "PAL" - Program for Advancement of Learning. Wonderful support and great community.

    Link to one of the pages on PAL: http://www.curry.edu/Academics/LD+Program+%28PAL%29/

    Curry is an up and coming small liberal arts college in Boston suburb (about 1900 undergrads). Great programs in Criminial Justice, Visual Arts, Management, Psychology, Nursing and Communications (includes Radio and TV), and the traditional liberal arts.
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