Top 10 Best Colleges for Students with Disabilities

If you’re a student who wants to obtain a college education, a disability should not stand in the way of your goal.  As more colleges and universities work to understand common disabilities, the better institutions are becoming at providing the services necessary to help special needs students.

Some schools now offer specialized programs that support these students as they transition into college. These programs include specially designed courses, additional tutoring services, as well as a host of other services.

Below is a list of the Top 10 Best Colleges for Students with Disabilities:

  •  1. University of Iowa – Students with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities have access to the university’s REACH program. Through this program, students can get help with everything from coursework to campus life.
  • 2. West Virginia Wesleyan College – Students with learning disabilities, attention disorders, as well as a variety of other special needs can take advantage of this University’s Learning Center.  The school also offers tutoring through their Mentor Advantage Program.
  • 3. Daemen College – Students with autism, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, or ADHD might want to investigate this college. Through the Gersh College Experience program, students are taught the skills needed to succeed socially and academically. Students get help with academics and learn how to live as independent adults.
  • 4. Bellevue Community College – Students with high-functioning autism, Down Syndrome, and other disorders can join these school’s Venture Program for Unique Learners. Through this program, students can earn their associate’s degree with the guidance of specially trained and attentive staff members.
  • 5. Gallaudet University – This University caters to deaf and hearing-impaired students. All courses are taught in spoke and signed English. The school also offers all the other benefits of a traditional university including athletics and other social activities.
  • 6. Landmark College – This University caters exclusively to students diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. The following special services are offered: small class sizes, specialized technology, time management assistance, and other academic services. Associate’s degrees are offered in general studies, liberal arts, or business administration.
  • 7. University of Arizona, Tucson – This University offers services through its SALT (Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques) Center. This center caters to a wide range of special needs students. Students have access to additional tutoring services, computer labs, and workshop programs.
  • 8. Drexel University – Students with autism should consider Drexel University. This University’s Self Advocacy and Social Skills program helps students find support, learn social skills, improve their approach to academic work, and participate in peer mentoring training sessions.
  • 9. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale – SIU’s on-campus disability support services program offers various services to special needs students, including study tables, tutors, professional help, taped lectures, note takers, specialized technology, and supplemental materials. Students can also join the school’s Achieve Program which is a free academic support program that helps with accommodations, tutoring, and counseling. These additional services are all FREE.
  • 10. DePaul University – This University’s PLuS Program caters to students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, Asperger’s, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Students enrolled in this program are offered a wide range of services, including tutoring, advocacy, and counseling with an LD specialist.

Do you know any other colleges or universities that cater to special needs students? If so, leave me a message. I’d love to hear from you!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

2 Responses to “Top 10 Best Colleges for Students with Disabilities”

  • Cathy Hoernschemeyer on August 2, 2012

    Have you published a book on all of these resources?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on August 8, 2012

      Hi Cathy,

      Thanks for visiting our site! No, I haven’t published a book on all of these resources. Are you interested in learning more about this topic?

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