Colleges with Good Accommodations for Learning Differences
By Maura Baker
College is one of the many great ways to expand your education and gain insight about the world, but that also means that it will not be easy, especially in the adjustment period, for many people. Being a junior in high school myself, I have been thinking about college more than ever recently. Of course, being dyslexic is something that has impacted my education, even in my pre-college years. After doing some research, I decided to make a mini list of American colleges and universities that have a good reputation for giving assistance and accommodations to students with Dyslexia and other learning differences. So, here is my small list (in no particular order):
Fairleigh Dickenson has a good reputation for giving academic accommodations to students who have Dyslexia. They have many teacher training programs that train teachers in the Orton Gillingham Approach, which helps teach students with Dyslexia and other learning differences through explicit, phonetic and multisensory instruction (reading, writing and spelling). Additionally, on their website (www.fdu.edu), they offer a lot of resources and information about Dyslexia.
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona has a program called the “Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT)” Center, which is all about helping students with learning differences succeed in school. The SALT Center provides students with a variety of resources, from tutoring to workshops. You can find out more on their website (www.arizona.edu).
Similar to the University of Arizona, Hofstra has a program called, “The Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS)” to help support students with learning differences. As it says on their website (www.hofstra.edu), this program allows students with learning differences to be connected to and assigned a learning specialist to assist them during their educational experience at the university.
Adelphi has a “Learning Resources Program”, which allows students to talk with experts to find out what services and accommodations would help them most to succeed in and out of an academic setting. According to their website (www.adelphi.edu), part of these services include finding support groups for students, as well as sessions with a learning specialist.
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut has a program called “The Beyond Access Program”, which allows students to meet with a strategy instructor, one or several times a week. These instructors can help students with learning differences develop the skills they need to succeed in college, as well as help with accommodations and self-advocacy. You can find more information about this on their website (www.uconn.edu).
There are many, many things that can affect where you want to go to college, and access to accommodations may be one of them if you have a learning difference. It's important to remember that you should go to the college that will ultimately work best for you as an individual, because you will be the one studying there, and you should enjoy your time in college as much as you can!