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College Admissions for Students with Disabilities

The college admissions process can be a daunting and stressful situation for any student and their family.

But, college admissions for high school students with a learning disability can seem even more confusing and complicated.

College Admissions Questions for High School Students with Disabilities

Here are just a few of the complex questions high school students with learning disabilities are faced with during their college search and application process.

  • Should I seek a college learning disability support program or should I just go it alone?
  • Are there advantages or disadvantages to claiming a learning disability during the college admissions process?
  • Which colleges offer the best learning disability support?
  • How do I know if I qualify for college learning disability programs?
  • Do college learning disability support programs really help?

Thankfully, Quantum Prep and its team of certified College Admissions Consultants have the answers.

Our staff is trained, certified and has real experience successfully helping students find their “Right Fit” college or university. If you are a high school student with a learning disability and would like additional information about how Quantum Prep can assist you with your college admissions and applications process, contact us today.

Common Learning Disabilities (LD’s):

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD – Individuals with APD/CAPD have difficulty recognizing the differences between sounds in words and oftentimes where these sounds emanate from.

Dyslexia – oftentimes referred to as a Language-Based Learning Disability, Dyslexia affects an individual’s language-based processing skills. Deficiencies in decoding, reading comprehension, recall, writing, and spelling may exist.

Dyscalculia – Individuals with Dyscalculia may have difficulty understanding mathematical concepts, telling time, or have trouble with counting.

Language Processing Disorder – or Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), in which an individual may have difficulty attaching meaning to sound groups that form words, sentences and stories.

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities – individuals with NLD (or NVLD) have difficulty interpreting nonverbal cues like facial expressions or body language, etc.

Related Disorders

Asperger Syndrome (AS) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – Characteristics include both social and communicative issues and repetitive patterns of behavior. As many as 1 in 88 children by the age of 8 will have an ASD-related disorder.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) – Individuals who have ADD (a psychosomatic condition) struggle with inattentiveness, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Individuals with ADHD have difficulty staying focused on tasks, paying attention and controlling behavior and hyperactivity. Although it is not considered a “learning disability”, 30-50 percent of children with ADHD also have a specific learning disability.

Dyspraxia – Individuals with Dyspraxia have difficulty in muscle control, which causes problems with movement and coordination, language and speech, and can affect learning. Dyslexia, dyscalculia or ADHD are commonly associated with this disorder.

Executive Functioning – Individuals with this disorder have acute difficulties with planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time. This disorder is common for individuals who have specific learning disabilities or ADHD.

Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit– Individuals with this disorder have difficulty comprehending what they see (missing subtleties is shapes, printed letters) and have poor eye/hand coordination.


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