Student Responsibility at College
Be Aware of Your Own Disability
At the postsecondary level, you will carry much more responsibility for requesting and arranging academic accommodations than you have ever been given before. Therefore you need to know about your learning disability.
Going to college means rearranging your life. Financial needs, time demands, study schedules and course work differ greatly from those of high school. Postsecondary courses require more study time outside the classroom. Expectations of student performance are greater and competition may be more fierce. These expectations can be met through good advanced planning. Apply for financial aid early. Consider the number of hours it will be necessary for you to work. Think about the transportation and time commitments you will have.
Contact the Person Working With Students With Learning Disabilities Before Starting School
You need to find out who is responsible for assisting students with learning disabilities at the institution of your choice. You can call the postsecondary school to find out the name of this person. Contact this individual as early as possible before attending school to discuss what your needs will be. If possible, meet two, three or four months before starting school.
Contact the Classroom Instructor
You should be prepared to contact classroom instructors for each of your courses. Inform them about your needs for accommodations such as tests taken outside the classroom, front of the classroom seating, taping of class lectures, class notes, etc. The LD Service Provider can help you in arranging for these classroom accommodations and may have some additional ideas about classroom help that can assist you in becoming more successful. However, the initial contact with the instructor is YOUR responsibility.
Senior Student Checklist
Here are some important steps high school students with learning disabilities should take during their senior year to be sure that they will be prepared for the transition to higher education:
Carefully select persons to write letters of recommendation.
Taken from "A Checklist for High School Seniors with Learning Disabilities" by Loring C. Brinckerhoff.