Revealing Your Secret Identity

The transition from high school to college is hard enough for the average student.  But for the student with learning differences, the transition is fraught with many more obstacles and many more worries.

Finding the right college fit for students with dyslexia, ADHD, executive functioning deficits, Asperger’s, or slower processing speeds can become bewildering.  And while the transition from high school to college itself can be hard enough for the average student, this transition can be especially difficult for students with learning challenges. College freshmen must cope with a relative lack of school structure, an overwhelming number of courses and options, and no daily “homework,” as was the norm in high school.

At Montgomery Educational Consulting, we focus not only on “getting in” to the right colleges, but we also care about setting up students–all students–for success once they arrive on campus. We do whatever it takes to ensure that students with learning differences find the right sorts of supports to ensure that reach their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Students with learning disabilities–and their families–must educate themselves about the additional concerns in choosing the right college.  These additional steps in the transition from high school to college need not be overwhelming.  They require both solid understanding of the issues, awareness of the services available at the post-secondary level, and a thorough self-assessment of the student’s needs and preferences.

To help you build your understanding and awareness, Montgomery Educational Consulting’s newest associate, Heather Creech, has created a 10 lesson “email course” for students and their families.  Heather shares with you the myriad considerations in selecting an appropriate college for students with learning differences, including:

  • Choosing the right location
  • The types of programs available
  • Why career goals are important
  • Legal considerations
  • Whether to divulge a learning difference on an application…and more!

Just enter your name and address below, and you’ll receive a confirmation email to verify your enrollment in this FREE email course.

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Heather will share with you her expertise as an educator with deep experience in helping students of all types make the transition to post-secondary education.  Our collective hope is that this information will empower students to become better self-advocates, to better understand the range of options available to students with specific learning needs, and to ensure greater success as students make this transition to post-secondary education.

Mark Montgomery
Educational Consultant

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Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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  1. Hi, My son doesn’t have a learning disability, but he has had seizures on and off (I myself have epilepsy), and he’s had a number of them while in high school. He’s dealt with them fine, and is a good student, taking AP and honors classes, although not at the top of his class, and he’s an athlete, in addition to being involved in a few other extracurriculars. I wondered whether his guidance counselor should mention the seizures in his recommendation, or if we shouldn’t mention this in college applications? Knowing as I do how hard it is to live with epilepsy, I feel proud of him for his accomplishments and for his great attitude, but on the other hand, I don’t know if a college would view him that way. It’s not a disability for him, except that he can’t drive.
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Hi, Pam.
    This is a personal decision. Students with medical conditions (like epilepsy or diabetes) of various sorts need to decide whether they want to disclose them in the application process. To me the issue is more about how to disclose, rather than whether to disclose. Epilepsy is part of who your son is, but probably does not define him entirely. So it’s all about context. I can’t give more specific advice without knowing your son well, but those are some things to consider as he contemplates how to present himself on his applications.
    Good luck, and thanks for writing in.

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