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Students with learning disabilities must advocate for themselves, say experts

When Dean College junior Peter Diabakerly began his school search a few years ago, he knew he had to be his own advocate. Though he has a learning disability, he wasn’t going to let that stop him from finding success in college. Now, the business major is urging students who may be in a similar boat to become their own self-advocates to achieve success.

“Your professor will never know you have a learning disability unless you tell them,” Diabakerly said. “At the beginning of each semester, you have to have a sheet filled out with your accommodations requests and hand it to the professor.”

As many students gear up to begin college this fall, others are just beginning their college search process. Dr. Paula Rooney, president of Dean College, has tips for high school students on Individual Education Plans or with learning disabilities, on what they need to know to help them find the best college to meet their needs.

via Taking charge – BostonHerald.com.

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