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Students with Suspected Disability or Other Learning Differences

The Reality of University Life

  • University students face challenges that they have never before encountered.
  • Learning disabilities (LDs), often mitigated by hard work, can go unidentified through high school.
  • SDA K-12 schools, as well as many public schools, are often ill equipped to identify LDs.
  • LDs can become more apparent and/or problematic with the new challenges of higher education.

If you suspect that an unidentified disability or learning difference could be inhibiting your academic performance, set an appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC) to determine whether testing should be initiated.

To expedite the process, fill out the Application for Assessment Services before coming to see the DSC.

Detailed explanation of Testing Process

Also, since ADHD and learning disabilities are lifelong conditions, documentation of symptoms from early childhood is required to begin the process of assessment.  Documents Required for ADHD/LD Screening and Assessment gives example of what can be used.

What will happen if a Learning Disability is identified?

  • Accommodations can be requested to “level the playing field” so that access to learning and evaluation of learning can be equal to that of other students. 
  • Assistive technology can be obtained or used to mitigate the effects of disabilities.
  • Accommodations or assistive technology will provide equal access but will not lower standards or give students an “unfair advantage.”
  • Improved self-awareness allows students to make better, more informed decisions,.

[Note:  Because some students are unaware of the differences between secondary and postsecondary laws and/or procedures, they can be reluctant to pursue testing out of a concern that results will be placed in their “permanent file.” However, contents of files maintained at DSS are shared only when/if there is an educational need to know (such as when health or safety issues are involved) or if a student requests that something be shared. The DSC can confidentially discuss any concerns you have before you decide whether or not to be tested.]