College Student Rights
What to know if you're a college student with a learning disability
Switching to online classes can feel like a complete upheaval of everyday life, and can cause additional worry for students with learning disabilities. But you are still entitled to the services that your college provides to help you, whether you require alternate formats for information or need extra time for tests and quizzes.
The National Disability Rights Network has a helpful video that breaks down your rights for online learning during Covid-19.
LDA has also completed an interview with Dr. Manju Banerjee, the Vice President of Educational Research and Innovation at Landmark College and an expert on college students with disabilities. Dr. Banerjee discusses what college students can expect for remote learning, and gives advice to help students to persevere during these times.
It's important to stay in contact with your college's disability services office during this time. If your plan needs to be adjusted for online learning, reach out and let them know what accommodations you may need.
There may be some delays in services, or your professor may not be providing you with the accommodations you need. If so, be sure to reach out to your professor to communicate your needs.
If you still are not receiving accommodations after that, try reaching out to college officials that are higher up.
This is a big change, and if you're looking for resources to support you there's a great Q&A article that provides tips on navigating online schooling with a learning disorder.
There is also a list of apps that can help you through remote learning, and there is also a webinar on free Microsoft accessibility tools that can help students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD.
Although colleges have switched their formats for teaching, this does not change your right to get the accommodations you need to learn best. Be sure to communicate with caretakers and professors to ensure that you receive the services you need during this time.
If you have any questions about how remote learning will affect you, you can reach out to LDA experts through the LDA Facebook page.