Help for My Learning Disability
Q. I have a learning disability. Up until now, I've always been able to get the help I needed in school; I take special classes, and sometimes my teachers allow me to have extra time to complete tests in class. I've also worked a lot with tutors. Now I'm interested in Christian colleges, but there are a couple of things that make me nervous. A lot of them have really high academic standards, and most of them are a lot smaller than even my high school! Will I really be able to make it at a Christian college? Since many of them are small, can I get the kind of help I need?
A. Many students with learning disabilities are successful at Christian colleges. With some advance planning on your part, I believe you can be successful, too. Call the colleges you're interested in and find out if they have a disability services professional. That person can help you know what you'll have to do to receive the services you need.
A campus visit is also a great time to learn about what a school has to offer you. Be sure to schedule an appointment with the college's disability services professional. Ask about the availability of student tutors.
Most Christian colleges will want to do as much as they possibly can to give you every opportunity to succeed. Make sure you look carefully and ask questions that will help you make a good decision.
Written by Judy Moseman