Advice for college students with special needs

As I sit down to write this post I remember my college days and the things I wish I had known or thought through more in-depth

Use disability services offered by your school

The first piece of advice is to use the services offered to students with disabilities available through your college
By using the supports offered through your school’s disability department you will enjoy many side benefits beyond the real services that they offer in my case here are a few that I noticed. conserved energy, more energy in the day fewer hours outside of school doing homework less stress

Find a balance

Find a balance between having fun and staying engaged in your learning because it’s the academics that will set the stage for your future

Stay busy

By staying busy it has an added bonus of helping you stay social at least this is what I found the case you will end up meeting new and interesting people in your field of study or otherwise


By using the tips talked about in this article. I found college was a fun and challenging experience that I will never forget
what advice would you offer special needs college students

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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5 Responses to Advice for college students with special needs

  1. I agree with all these points. Here are a few more tips I learned in college.
    Reduce the number of classes you take per semester if overwhelmed.
    If your college has hired professors with disabilities connect with them as mentors especially if the disabled professor is teaching a class related to your chosen field of study.
    Start on assignments, homework, and paperwork early.
    Turn in assignments on time.
    Become a resource for fellow disabled students and professors.
    Learn to network.
    Learn to communicate accommodation needs very specifically and effectively.
    Get help from tutorial services!

    For more on college our latest film “A Stroke Of Endurance” is about a college student with Cerebral Palsy

  2. Great advice Laura! Some of my best friendships today started because I was a part of my college’s student newspaper. So there is lasting impact! Additional advice I would give includes:

    1. Don’t wait for someone to ask you if you need help. Take the initiative and find the right person to address your concerns with.
    2. Trust yourself. College can be a time of great peer pressure. Don’t let that pressure lead you to do something your instinct tells you not to do.

  3. Andy says:

    Here are my step by step advice:

    1. Register with your school’s Office for Disability Services.
    2. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings.
    3. Serve as your own advocate.
    4. Use technology to your advantage.
    5. Above all else, be kind to yourself.

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