Success in college starts here!
By the time you reach college, you have already learned strategies and compensatory techniques that have allowed you to succeed in school—that's how you got to college!
However, the challenges of having dyslexia can persist into the college years and beyond. Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult for many freshmen.
Add the demands of living with a learning disability, and the transition can be tougher. For some students, beginning their college career at a community college may be a good stepping stone.
The course load and demands are greater in college. There is much more reading and writing to do and you have to be efficient and organized, which can sometimes be a challenge for dyslexics.
In some cases, accommodations and support may be harder to receive at the university level. In addition, you may be uncomfortable about disclosing your learning disability, which can affect your willingness to ask professors for accommodations or seek support.
Most university students will no longer be under the auspices of an IEP. Therefore, it is important that, before starting school, you:
- have strong self advocacy skills
- develop a relationship with the university's office for students with disabilities
- research the university's programs and support systems for students with disabilities.
Over the years, dyslexics have successfully completed Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in many walks of life. College allows you to focus learning in areas of study based on your genuine interest.
Using information from this website and services at your school will help you successfully complete your college degree. Success starts here!
More on Dyslexia in College
- Research NCLD's information on college internships
- Read NCLD's Getting Access to Assistive Technology in College and Learning Disabilities in Adulthood
- Apply for scholarships for students with learning disabilities