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I have a LEARNING DISABILITY.....
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- I have a learning disability. I went to a private
school, took all the required courses and credits. However, I did
not pass my High School Exit exam and received a Specialized
Education Diploma. Now I am having difficulties in getting into
college. Please help!
- Colleges are forbidden to discriminate against students with
learning disabilities. You need to have your case manager (perhaps
the SPED teacher at your old high school?) write a detailed
description of your academic strengths and weaknesses.
Many states do provide free tuition for students with disabilities,
and you should contact your State Department of Education and tell
them about the terrible position they have put you in. Contact your
local Learning Disabilities Association chapter and find out how you
can get an advocate to help you understand the rules and regulations
in your State. Locate your local chapter through the Learning
Disabilities Association of America.
Find out how the State recognizes your Exit exam. If it is not
considered competitive, ask what you can do to bring it to the level
they require. Don't back down. Perhaps you can meet the requirements
for a GED, which is recognized by all institutions of higher
You will have to be extremely persistent to encourage officials to
recognize and remediate your dilemma, but it will be worth it.
Document every thing you do and keep a record of every conversation.
LD simply signifies a different way of learning. It certainly does
not mean you cannot learn. Also, if you investigate some coursework
at a local community college, you might be able to take a course and
show the "powers that be" that you possess the ability to perform
academically at a college level.
Some students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficits
benefit from a 13th year in a prep-school setting (post-graduate
year or PG-13). Such a year could fill in your deficits and help you
earn a bona fide high school diploma. Other students do extremely
well if they can spend some time at Landmark College, which teaches
students with learning differences to advocate for their needs and
helps them move on to other schools.
If this process sounds too daunting, you should contact an
educational consultant experienced in assisting students with LD.
You can find a listing of certified educational consultants in your
area by searching the IECA Internet site. You could also
use the EDUFAX services for the LD Student.
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