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College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators (Maryville University)


Researching and selecting a college that fits your needs can be daunting, but that challenge can be even greater when you’re a student with disabilities. However, that doesn’t mean your options are limited. As technology has advanced, so has accessibility for all students.

Learning disabilities are defined as conditions that give rise to difficulties in acquiring knowledge and skills, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Learning disabilities are often neurologically-based, but other conditions, such as physical disabilities, can also limit a person’s ability to learn in the traditional fashion. No matter what the case, as a person with disabilities you have rights and the freedom to pursue higher education.

There are many pathways to achieve independence through higher education, and Maryville University has created this helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) to give you an idea of what to expect as you research your options.

If you’re curious to learn more about learning disabilities, or to see if you qualify as a student with disabilities, scroll to the bottom of the page to find more information regarding specific conditions, diagnosis, and related resources.


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