The College Visit: Questions to Ask the Disability Support Services Office
Most colleges have a support service office to help students with learning disabilities access the resources they need to succeed. Students with learning disabilities should make an appointment to meet with a representative from the support service office on their college visits. These are questions to ask during the meeting.
- How many professionals are providing services for students with disabilities? What is their background and experience?
- How many students with disabilities do you serve?
- Do you have a specific program for students with learning disabilities? Is there a unique application process for the program?
- If there is a program, please describe the types of support that are built into the program.
- Is there a fee for the program?
- Would you please comment on the following accommodations and talk about the process for securing each? Select those that are appropriate for you or your child.
- Priority registration
- Reduced course load
- Extended time on tests
- Assistive technology
- Foreign language waiver or substitution
- Note takers
- Is tutoring available? How is it scheduled? Is tutoring one-on-one or small group? Who conducts tutorials (peers, professionals, learning disabilities specialist)? How often can a student see a tutor?
- What is the school retention rate for students with learning disabilities?