Advice on Important College Topics for Students With Learning Disabilities or ADHD and Their Families
Elizabeth’s published and posted advice on how best to prepare students with disabilities for success at college
Read some of Elizabeth Hamblet’s college transition and other advice from various media outlets:
- “Attending College with Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia & ADHD” – interview with Dr. Richard Selzer on The Coffee Klatch
- “Help My Teen is Falling Behind!” – interview with Elaine Taylor-Klaus on Impact ADHD
- “Preparing for College with Dyslexia” – Child Mind Institute
- “11 Steps to Help College Students with ADHD Create a Time Management System” – Understood.org
- “8 Simple Ways Parents Can Teach Kids to Get Organized” – Time.com
- “Some Advice for Students with Disabilities Heading to College” – Education Week blog
- “Knowledge is the Key to Successful Transition to College” – International Dyslexia Association’s website.
- “Preparing Students with ADHD for Success at College” – Impact ADHD website
- “What Parents and Students with Disabilities Should Know About College” – National Association of School Psychologists website
- “Students with disabilities must prep for a transition to college” – ExpertBeacon.com
- “What Students with ADHD and their Parents Should Know About College”– Attention
- “Notre Dame College Program helps students with learning disabilities thrive in higher-education setting” – Cleveland Plain Dealer
- “Some Advice for Students With Disabilities Heading to College” – Edweek
Topics Elizabeth has covered for Understood:
- “Prepping Your Teen With Learning and Attention Issues for College Success”
- “How to Choose a College for Your Child With Learning and Attention Issues”
- Do Colleges Look Less Favorably on Students With IEPs Than 504 Plans?
- Choosing a College: How to Help Kids With Learning and Attention Issues Weigh the Options
See Elizabeth’s Understood.org video chats on college topics and listen to her on podcasts.
Applying for accommodations for a learning disability, ADHD, or other disability on high stakes testing or at college
When students apply for accommodations on the SAT, ACT, or at their college, the testing agency (ex. The College Board) or university will typically have a list of requirements for what their paperwork – called “documentation” – should contain. Elizabeth offers information on a variety of topics related to documentation:
- Finding documentation requirements – each testing agency or college will have its own requirements. Student should check these before sending their paperwork in.
- Items to read for carefully – some documentation requirements may ask for items families have not considered. See what kinds of special requirements may be included.
- Different ADHD documentation – students with ADHD may find that the paperwork that has sufficed for documentation in high school may not meet their college’s or testing board’s requirements. They should check Item #5 on the page concerning finding documentation requirements.
- Finding a qualified evaluator – find a professional who offers a report worthy of the expense
- Get high-quality private testing – how to get a good report when you pay for a private evaluation
For more on documentation and accommodations at college, read Elizabeth’s book, 7 Steps to Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities.
College’s foreign language and math requirements – what high school students with disabilities need to know
Students with disabilities who are planning to go to college or who are already enrolled need to know that math and foreign language requirements may not be waived, and substitutions may not be available. But there are ways to be strategic about approaching these requirements. See what Elizabeth thinks students should know about these courses.
Tools and advice for college students with disabilities
Students who are getting ready to enroll or are already enrolled at college should see Elizabeth’s section of resources and advice just for them.
Books by other authors recommended by Elizabeth
See the list of books by other authors.