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Questions to Ask Students Who Access College Support Services

Blog Type:  College Prep Date Posted:  Friday, July 13, 2018

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Many colleges offer students with learning disabilities accommodations and services through the Disability Services Office. When you visit colleges, it's important to meet with a representative from the office. It's also very helpful to talk to students who receive services from the office. Ask the Disability Services Office if you can meet with one of these students, or make conversation with a student who's in the office during your visit.

Bring this list of questions to the college visit.

  • Can you compare the types of support you received in high school to the services you have now?
  • Is the disability office responsive to your needs?
  • How supportive and open have professors been to your requests for accommodations?
  • Have you faced any challenges in securing the accommodations?
  • Have you used tutorial support? How effective has it been?
  • What advice would you give to new freshmen starting college?

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The College Visit: Questions to Ask the Disability Support Services Office

Blog Type:  College Prep Date Posted:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities

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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 during their college visits.

Questions to Ask When Meeting with the Support Services Office

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  • 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?

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