Colleges With The BEST Learning Disability Programs (PHOTOS)
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Just because you have a learning disability doesn't mean you can't compete in college. Respected institutions across the country offer all kinds of excellent programs aimed at supporting the learning disabled. Check out which colleges offer the best programs, and add your own in the comments section.
Landmark College, in Putney, Vermont, calls itself the "premier college for students with learning disabilities." The school has dedicated itself to empowering learning-disabled students, committing to turn "disabilities into assets" and develop students' abilities in all areas of life. Despite being a small and specialized college, Landmark still has an international scope, including access to <a href="http://www.landmark.edu/programs/study_abroad/index.html" target="_hplink">study abroad programs</a> in Greece, Ireland and Costa Rica.
University of Arizona
Considered one of the top learning disability programs in the country, University of Arizona's Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) program is rife with resources. Along with access to stellar tutoring services, access to top-of-the-line technology and workshops for time-management and health, the program has each student work with a learning specialist to create a learning plan tailored to their needs.
Fifty miles from Orlando, Beacon College is specifically geared toward students with learning disabilities and aims provide a dynamic living environment for those who struggle with the same challenges. Classes are kept small to maximize individual attention.
One of the first LD college programs in the United States, <a href="http://www.curry.edu/Academics/LD+Program+%28PAL%29/All+About+PAL/" target="_hplink">the Program for Advanced Learning (PAL) at Curry College in Milton, MA</a> is highly developed and regarded. PAL students make up a significant percentage of Curry College's student body, and many its students overlap with the school's honors program. PAL stresses individualized learning for its students and encourages them to be proactive in their education. The program also includes support for <a href="http://www.curry.edu/Academics/LD+Program+%28PAL%29/PAL+for+Multilingual+Students.htm" target="_hplink">multilingual students.</a>
Northeastern University's learning disability program ensures a regimented schedule of <a href="http://www.northeastern.edu/uhcs/ldp/index.html" target="_hplink">dynamic and intensive tutorials on top of courses</a>. The school also emphasizes individual student attention.
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Aside from having an array of supportive technologies for learning-disabled students, the <a href="http://www.uccs.edu/~dservice/index.htm" target="_hplink">University of Colorado-Colorado Springs</a> offers flexible hours for different forms of therapy and counseling.
The Minneapolis school maintains an intimate and personal program called <a href="http://www.augsburg.edu/classprogram/index.html" target="_hplink"> the Center for Learning and Adaptive Student Services, or CLASS.</a>It offers standard accommodations, like note-taking and testing help, as well as workshops designed for time management and organization skills. The best perk? The CLASS program <a href="http://augnet.augsburg.edu/news-archives/2007/10_22_07/class.html" target="_hplink">comes at no additional cost.</a>
University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut is one of many northeastern colleges with strong programs for students with learning disabilities. They boast a competitive program called <a href="http://www.csd.uconn.edu/bold_program.html" target="_hplink">Building Opportunities for students with Learning Disabilities</a>, or B.O.L.D., which features weekly sessions with a trained strategy instructor, peer tutoring and a range of academic assistance options for students. Aside from B.O.L.D., UConn offers all kinds of accommodations for students, including reduced courseloads, testing accommodations, educational assistants and more.
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa has its own specialized program called <a href="http://www.education.uiowa.edu/reach/" target="_hplink">Realizing Educational and Career Hopes</a>, or REACH, which focuses heavily on career development for students with cognitive disabilities.
American University in Washington, D.C. offers <a href="http://www.american.edu/ocl/dss/Assistive-Technology-Homepage.cfm" target="_hplink">educational software</a> to support all students who need extra help. The school also has alternative formats for classes and homework, including scribe services and oral interpreters.