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Checklist: Questions About Colleges With Special Programs

By Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos

To meet the needs of students with learning and thinking differences, colleges offer a range of support services. Some even offer specialized programs, usually at an added cost. But is a specialized program right for your child? Knowing what questions to ask, and which details to look for, can help you make a good choice. Use this checklist when you’re thinking about college support services for your child.

Questions to Ask the College

  • Must my child be accepted through regular admissions before applying to the program?

  • Does the program also consider students not accepted through regular admissions?

  • Is there an additional fee for the program? Does it fit our budget?

  • What specific documentation of my child’s disability is required?

  • Will documentation need to be updated each year? If so, at what cost?

  • How easy is it to personalize the help my child gets in this program?

  • Does the college have general resources like a writing center and tutoring services?

  • How different are the specialized services from those offered to all students?

  • What does the office of disabilities services offer, apart from the program?

  • Does the staff from the disabilities office or learning center facilitate communication with faculty about my child’s issues?

  • Will my child still have access to a departmental advisor in addition to the disability office and learning center staff?

  • Does my child have the option of transferring out of this program?

  • How do students in the program feel about it? How did the program help them?

Questions to Ask Yourself and Your Child

  • Is my child comfortable with the disabilities services staff?

  • Would my child benefit from this particular specialized program?

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