What questions should students with learning differences be asking during the college search?
If you are a student with Learning Differences and/or ADHD, I recommend that you research and visit with the personnel in the departments that provide disability services at the college. These services may be in one department or spread over several departments with names like Disability Support Services, Office of Disability Support, Learning Support Center, and Academic Support Center. Think about what information you need to help you decide whether the program meets your needs. Some questions you may have are: - What is the philosophy of the program? - How many professionals are on staff? - What services, accommodations, workshops, and adaptive technology are available? - What is the procedure for students to receive accommodations from a professor? - How many tutors are on staff? Are they peer or professional tutors? How often can students be tutored? What subjects is tutoring available for? - Are there organizational coaches? - How many students are accepted in the program each year? How many apply? - Is there a fee for the program? How much is the fee? - How does the graduation rate for students in the program compare to the overall graduation rate? - What documentation is needed to apply for the program? Is there a separate application for the program? Is an interview required? - Is there an orientation before the freshman year?