College Planning: Should We Disclose a Learning Disability to the College Admissions Office

This week’s Ask Me Anything question:

Should we tell potential colleges that my child has a learning disability? This is a question I get from parents of students with learning disabilities.

I always advise students and parents to address the student’s learning disability with the Admissions Office. I realize families may fear sharing that information for fear that it would be held against the student in the admissions process. However, the student is best served by being up front about the disability.

As you know an IEP does not follow a student to college. The student and parents will need to advocate for the student. You need to know what services are available and how best the college can assist the student.

If while going through the admissions process you feel that the students is being discriminated against, you can file a complaint or seek legal advice.

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