College Planning-Only the Beginning

Disclaimer-this college how-to manual is based on my personal experience and a bunch of books I’ve read.  If you think something is wrong, or would like to add something, please leave a comment!

Obviously, the first step to attending college is serious and extensive research.  As a person with a disability, not only do you have to consider all of the regular factors, but you need to plan for your accommodations and life away from high school.

            Start the process by writing down all of the things you’re looking for in a college and all the accommodations you will need.

Part One: College Considerations

 

Today’s topic: location

I knew that I wanted to go to college in a metropolitan city because of the accessible transportation.  If I went to a school in a smaller town it would have been harder for me to get to places like grocery stores, movie theaters, and shopping centers! 

You also want to think about the climate.  I use a wheelchair, so it obviously is hard for it to maneuver through snow.  I do go to a college where snow is an issue though, but after talking to the ground services they very graciously agreed to make sure that my path class is always clear.  Also, if you’re going to be at a large campus and have a long way to go to class, you need to plan for that.  Are there tunnels or indoor walkways in case of rain or snow?  If your campus is spread out and you need to use buses to get to class, make sure that they are accessible.

Finally, I know that no one really wants to think about this, but how close do you want to be to your family?  Living away from your family is an important step in independence if it is possible for you, but being close also has its advantages.  Even if your immediate family is far away, if you have other relatives close your college they are an important support system.  I feel more secure knowing I have family members around in case I get sick or a different emergency happens.

I know that most of these considerations are probably obvious if you have a disability, but they just show the beginning of the large amount of planning that’s needed.

I’ll leave you today with a slideshow of the best colleges for people with learning disabilities from Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/07/best-ld-programs_n_603369.html

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College, Disability, and Life- A Case Study

If I could, I would redo my freshman year of college and change many things.  Most of these things were not academic or social, but simply dealing with the stress of having a physical disability and attending college.  There were so many things I did not know, and there were so many things that I did not know how to plan for.

In fact, that’s why I’m writing this blog.  I want to show people with disabilities how they can go to college.  It’s some sad facts people, but only 18% of people with disabilities receive a college education according to this website, http://www.incight.org

Finally,

Here’s what this blog can do for you:

  • be a how-to guide on attending college for people with disabilities
  • be a place of information and resources
  • use myself as a case study, and we can all laugh and cringe at my college life

 

So if you want to see anything, think this sounds interesting, or know of some great resources, leave me a comment or e-mail me at trulyable@gmail.com.

I promise not to be so cheesy next time 🙂

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