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Question #29:
  • Which colleges in Florida offer Learning Disability (LD) services, in contrast to comprehensive LD programs, as offered at Lynn University? (courtesy Wendy Nunn, Sugarloaf Key, FL)
Answer #29:
  • All colleges in the United States are mandated by Federal law to provide accommodations for students diagnosed with learning disabilities. Colleges should provide you with the same accommodations you received in high school, such as extended time for tests, preferential seating, etc. So, of course, any college or university in Florida technically offers LD services. Unfortunately, what they say they offer can sometimes be very different from what is actually available.
    Lynn University, as you already know, is a university designed specifically for students with LD, but there are other colleges in Florida with centralized and dependable learning support programs. Some of these are:
    • Florida A&M
    • Florida Atlantic University
    • University of Florida at Gainesville
    If you are a student with LD and are applying to college, make sure you contact the LD coordinator at the same time you contact the admissions office. Be certain that your particular learning needs can be met. Ask specific questions to learn how they have dealt with similar situations in the past. Find out what kinds of testing are required in order for you to receive the LD services.
    Ask how the rate of academic success for students with declared learning disabilities compares to that of students in the general pool. If the rate of success is similar, then you know that the support services are will organized, accessible, and appropriate.
    Do careful detective work before college so that you won't find yourself overloaded and undersupported.
    If you cannot access all the information you need yourself, seek the help of a qualified educational consultant.
    EDUFAX provides services for the Collegebound High School Student.
    EDUFAX provides services for the Collegebound Learning Disabled Student.
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