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  • Disclosing Your Learning Disability

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    You are not obligated to tell prospective colleges that you have a learning disability. It's totally up to you.

    You should obviously disclose your learning disability if you are applying for a specific program targeted towards LD students. If you are not applying for such a program, you may still want to disclose if you meet certain criteria:

    • You didn't take all of the high school classes that the college requires for admission (such as a foreign language), and the college is willing to waive those requirements for students with documented learning disabilities.
    • Your grades were consistently lower because of your learning disability.
    • It wasn't until a certain year in high school that your learning disability was identified, and your grades improved after that point.
    • Your learning disability has contributed to your career choice or the activities you pursued in high school. Explaining this will help the admissions committee understand what makes you tick.

    Some students choose to discuss their learning disability in the personal statement. Others attach an extra document. Some schools may want to see official documentation of your LD.

    If you do choose to self–disclose, don't apologize for your learning disability. Instead, explain clearly and honestly how it has impacted you and made you an even stronger applicant. For example, you could describe how your LD has taught you to take responsibility for your own education or made you a more active listener. It's a good idea to discuss the wording with your counselor.

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