Friday, November 25, 2011

Best Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD

One common worry for parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD is about post-secondary education. Where can they go? What services will be provided? Can they be successful?

Bottom Line Personal Magazine recently ran an article listing colleges with programs for students who have learning disabilities (LD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here's a short rundown:

Two Year Schools:

Dean College - Franklin, Massachusetts
Special Programs - Personalized Learning Services (tutoring), Arch Learning Community (improved academic skills), Pathway Learning Community (small classes), Program to transition to a 4-year school

Landmark College - Putney, Vermont
Special Programs - Specially designed for LD/ADHD students--teaches students to overcome their disabilities and transfer to a 4-year school, smaller classes, tutorials, coaching programs

Four Year Schools:

Curry College - Milton, Massachusetts
Special Program - Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL)
  • Students applying through PAL don't need SAT/ACT scores
  • 3 week summer session to ease transition to college
  • Strong support including help with homework

Lynn University - Boca Raton, Florida
Special Program - Comprehensive Support Program
  • Tutorials
  • Study sessions
  • Special classes
  • Resources and accommodations

Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Carbondale, Illinois
Special Program - Achieve Program
  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • tutorials
  • Notetakers
  • Audio textbooks
  • Remedial Classes

University of Arizona - Tucson, Arizona
Special programs - Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT), Disability Resource Center (DRC)
  • Facilities
  • Resources
  • Support

University of Denver - Denver, Colorado
Special Program - Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP)
  • Customized support
  • One-on-one counseling

University of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, Indiana
Special Program - Baccalaureate for University of Indianapolis Learning Disabled (BUILD)
  • Minimum 2 hours individualized tutoring/week
  • Special Math & English classes

Need more information? Visit the individual sites. For more articles with good information like this, go to for a trial subscription to Bottom Line Personal.