If you are a student with a documented learning difference or disability, you should seek out information about your rights and the resources provided by the colleges that you are interested in. Based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and (ADAAA), schools must offer reasonable accommodations in the learning environment to provide equal opportunity, however these accommodations vary by school and it is important to familiarize yourself with them.
According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, these are the responsibilities that the school’s disability services office has:
-To assess students’ requests for accommodations using the current disability documentation provided by the students.
-To provide information regarding policies, procedures, rights and responsibilities to students with disabilities in accessible formats upon request.
-To recommend appropriate learning and testing accommodations.
-To provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids for students with disabilities who meet the college or university criteria for eligibility.
-To ensure confidentiality of all information pertaining to students’ disabilities.
-To assist students in communicating with faculty about their disabilities and required accommodations, if needed.