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TOPIC: Prepping Students with ADHD for Success at College

Prepping Students with ADHD for Success at College 23 May 2013 13:12 #164

Preparing Students with ADHD for Success at College
Posted May 20, 2013 by Elizabeth Hamblet

Sending students with ADHD to college can be thrilling and nerve-wracking for parents, especially if they have been providing them with a lot of support. Learning about the college environment, and preparing students for it, can alleviate everyone’s stress and help to make sure students will be successful.

Specifically, parents need to understand that the disability services model in college is different from the one in high school. Following are a few facts – and strategies — to help you navigate this transition and set your child up for success in college.

Fact – Students Who Want Accommodations Must Request Them

At college, students are not guaranteed academic accommodations simply because they received them in high school, and colleges don’t have a way to identify students with ADD and ask whether they want support. Therefore, accommodations must be requested by the students themselves (not by their parents). Typically, students simply have to complete a form, submit their disability documentation, and meet with a Disability Services Office staff member. Students can apply for accommodations at any time, but the sooner, the better. If they do poorly on exams and apply afterward, colleges are not required to allow them to re-take these exams or drop their bad grades (and most don’t).


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