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Students with special needs might not have considered continuing into post-secondary education after high school. College can be a daunting process for any student, and it can be tough to figure out how to advocate for yourself to ensure your needs are met. Luckily, there are offices on campuses designed to help students with various physical, intellectual, and learning disabilities. There are also a handful of great programs and colleges designed specifically to help students with learning disabilities. Keep reading to see the most relevant ones below!

The University of Iowa—Iowa City, IA

The University of Iowa is home to the REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) Program, with the vision stating to “empower young adults to become independent, self-determined individuals whose lives are personally rewarding.”

REACH works to give students the opportunity to experience life on a Big Ten university campus while gaining independence. It is a two-year program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities designed to help these students reach their full potential. Students will take classes, intern on campus and in the community, job shadow, and attend events on campus as any other student would. There are limited need-based scholarships for UI REACH students to help cover the cost of tuition.

Learn more about the University of Iowa’s REACH Program

Beacon College—Leesburg, FL

Beacon College is designed to offer bachelor and associate degrees for students with diagnosed learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and more. Beacon offers a variety of majors and minors, including human services, business management, psychology, and studio arts.

The school boasts small class sizes, individual mentoring for students, and a wide variety of support services. Beacon realizes that students with learning disabilities have different needs, and works to cater to those needs while empowering students.

Learn more about Beacon College

Mercyhurst University—Erie, PA

Mercyhurst has a program called AIM (Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst) that is specifically designed to support students on the autism spectrum as they navigate college life. AIM helps students develop as advocates for themselves and grow in their independence.

AIM students live together on campus, and have a resident assistant and housing coordinator who are specifically trained to assist with the AIM program. Students can partake in peer mentoring, individualized course planning, and a career path program to help them gain career related skills.

Learn more about Mercyhurst University’s AIM Program

Landmark College—Putney, VT

Landmark College is similar to Beacon College. Landmark offers two- and four-year degrees for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students have access to academic, educational technology, counseling, and coaching services created specifically for students like them.

Landmark College values helping students with their education through the classes and resources offered. Landmark also emphasizes preparing these students for their future careers. There are a variety of ways for students to get involved on campus, and it is encouraged by the faculty and staff of Landmark.

Learn more about Landmark College

Marshall University—Huntington, VT

The College Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome is for students with Asperger’s who are accepted into Marshall University and apply to this program through a separate application. The College Program is designed to help students gain self-advocacy and executive functioning skills.

Students can receive individualized assistance in getting involved on campus to gain more skills. There are individual and small group mentoring sessions to attend, as well as course recommendations by professional faculty and staff members.

Learn more about The College Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome   

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