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Resources and Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADD, and ADHD

What does one do after the diagnosis of a learning disability, ADD or ADHD?

Here are some helpful website resources:

Learning Ally – audiobooks for individuals with learning disabilities/dyslexia (formerly RFB&D – Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic) www.learningally.org
National Center for Learning Disabilities – www.ncld.org
Learning Disabilities Association of America – www.ldanatl.org
Learning Disabilities Online – www.ldonline.org
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County – Free and Confidential 24/7 Hotline: 301-738-CALL(2255) – Youth Hotline: 301-738-9697
All Kinds of Minds – www.allkindsofminds.org
ADD Warehouse – Books, Videos, Charts, Programs for parents, teachers and students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD – www.addwarehouse.com
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. – www.nichcy.org
The International Dyslexia Association – www.interdys.org
Organization for Children and Adults with ADD – www.chadd.org
Various websites for information about ADD/ADHD for supports and strategies: www.addresources.org, www.add.org, www.help4adhd.org
US Department of Education – www.ed.gov
Individuals with Disabilities – www.disability.gov
No Child Left Behind – www.ed.gov/nclb
Office of Civil Rights – www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr
What Works in Education Clearinghouse – www.ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc

When Does Testing Need to be Updated for College for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADD/ADHD?

Many parents and students may not be aware that most colleges require students with learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD to have updated psychoeducational testing to register as a student with a disability in order to receive accommodations in college. Typically, IEPs and Section 504 Plans that students may have had in high school are not sufficient to document students’ educational needs in college.  It is recommended that testing occur no later than the summer prior to entering college because the process can take several weeks to complete. It can be very upsetting for a student to find out in the middle of his/her first semester that he/she needs to have testing completed before accommodations can be considered. Planning ahead is very important to maximize student success in college and reduce stress.  Contact the DSS at your college prior to the first semester to inquire whether you need updated testing to qualify for services and accommodations in college.