Colleges and universities have made significant strides in welcoming a broad range of students to their campuses. For the college student who has been diagnosed with ADHD, I always recommend self- disclosure in the application process. Who wants to send a child to a school that doesn’t appreciate the student for the whole person he or she is?
Your child’s disorder cannot be used as a reason for declining his or her application— they will be admitted to some schools and not to others, but it won’t be because of ADHD. It is also important to investigate the services that will be available on each campus.
Here are a few questions your future college student should ask if they have ADHD:
1) Do I have a recent psycho-educational report that the school will accept in reviewing the accommodations granted to me?
2) Is there an office or a person on campus dedicated to student academic success?
3) Will a school representative work directly with my teachers, or do I need to take the initiative each semester to present my materials and make arrangements for any modifications that will be necessary to maximize my learning experience?
4) What does the student health clinic look like? If I need to chat with a doctor about refilling a prescription or changing doses, how long will it take me to be seen? How often does the clinic work with students who share my profile?
5) Will I remain on a parent’s health insurance plan, or should I take out the policy offered to students?
6) Is personal counseling a part of the array of campus services? If so, how soon can I be in conversation with a counselor after I have contacted the counseling center? Will my student health insurance cover the costs of campus counseling?
Students with ADHD have been graduating from undergraduate institutions for years— universities just didn’t know what to call it or how to respond to it. Now they do, and it will be a part of your child’s college search process to figure out the schools that will excel at working with them!