04-10-04, 12:01 PM
Hi, I am a senior in highschool and I will be graduating this year. I was dignosed with ADHD last summer before my senior year began and was perscribed Strattera. I didn't go through my school to get any extra help because I figured it would be a waste of my time it being my last year. I have done alot better this year than years before but I still struggle with things. Would this prevent me from getting the extra help in college? I know in someway I really need the extra help in keeping up with everything. I hardly ever do my homework and if I do it's at the last min. and I stuggle with lectures given by teachers. My mom and I agreed just to attend a junior college for this year to get use to the idea of all the work and study. I think I am getting way over my head with this college stuff and honestly I don't know if I can handle it. If anyone has any advice I would appriciate it.
04-10-04, 01:25 PM
Regular special ed(Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:IDEA) ends when you graduate from HS. However, another federal civil rights law kicks in for you now called Sect 504.You will need to read up on it here in this site/forum as well as on www.wrightslaw.com It can give you whats called an accomodation plan that you and the college counselor sit down and tailor make for you.
You also need to understand what ADHD really is and how it effects you. Here's a good book for starters Taking Charge of ADHD....by Russell Barkley. If you're really have ADHD then
meds are an important part of a treatment plan.
I wish you much luck and success. Take care.
A most excellent link, Mct. I send many folks there looking for information on 504's IEPs & IDEA.
04-12-04, 01:45 PM
If you have been diagnosed with ADD, then you should be eligible for certain accommodations...
In Canada, ADD isn't recognized as a disability completely, so I had to get a learning disability test done, and then I got double time and private space to write exams, photocopies of the professors lectures, and a tutor for 3 hours a week. I also bought a digital recorder to record all the lectures (more of a safety net than anything, I odn't have time to listen to them... but that's probably due to my lack of organization...), and have a laptop to type out lectures instead of writing them.
Contact the disability resource centres at the schools that you're applying for and find out what each one needs in terms of documentation to grant you accommodations, find out what kind of accommodations are available, and then see about choosing a school based on that
Some schools will have bursaries for students who need special equipment ( like a laptop, recorder), so check into that as well.
I had to go through all this at my university, I'm on my 5th year here, and I was diagnosed a couple years ago, so you have the advantage of knowing about it going IN TO post secondary...
Let me know if you have any other questions.
You also rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I registered with the disability services office at my grad school and spoke with my professor about what accommodations I needed.
04-12-04, 07:16 PM
Thankyou all for your replys!