Increasing numbers of students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Asperger's Syndrome are enrolling in mainstream postsecondary education programs through the country. Factors contributing to this positive trend in education and professional development begin in childhood. They have been receiving the diagnoses at younger and younger ages, and the early diagnoses mean early intervention and greater educational supports. In turn, these children are finding a more equal playing field in secondary school meaning they are able to "show what they know" to a greater extent than ever before.

Because of their academic success, young adults who would once have been encouraged to explore a vocational track are now encouraged to pursue a college education. With the proper accommodations, they are competing for entry alongside their peers without disabilities, and they are being accepted on their own merit.

Once in college, students with LD, ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome discover a new world of challenges and new hurdles to navigate. For a comparison of the difference in requirements, expectations and supports from high school to college, please click here: Differences in Legal Rights and Responsibilities in Secondary and Postsecondary Education and OCR'S Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Rights and Responsibilities

Many students with these hidden disabilities still need academic supports, services and accommodations in college in order to even the academic playing field and to allow them to demonstrate their knowledge competitively with their peers. When that is done, most go on to achieve academic success and to have fulfilling careers.

Students with various neurologically-based disabilities need several forms of support in order to succeed in college. At BU we offer supports in the area of self-knowledge and in academic areas.

Last Updated: 8/21/14