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My older son, 15, is twice exceptional (gifted with learning disabilities), and I thought other parents might find it helpful to know how we've navigated college/dual enrollment with those disabilities. In short, we've found enormous support but accommodations don't solve everything. I'm glad to answer questions on this list, off list, or via my blog.


Accommodating Disability, College Style

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thanks - i'll read it soon! my son is almost 17. my daughter started cc at 15 but i realized he wasnt ready. i was planning on taking 1 class this fall, his sr year, but i'm starting to chicken out . . . i feel like there's more i want to do with him! but i also think he really needs to up his game - i'm way too easy on him. most of his issues are emotional, but he has some processing issues as well. math is very slow and abstract thought is somewhat behind his other abilities. i dont expect him to go to 4-year college any time soon, but i need to go interview the community colleges with him soon!

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dbmamaz, is your ds on the autism/asperger's spectrum? If so, you might want to look into Courage to Succeed which is a program designed specifically to assist those students succeed at the CC level with meeting with profs, study skill sessions (daily), on campus support, and counseling, etc



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Got your ear in two directions, huh? I'm glad we did it. He needed to be accountable to someone outside of me that was in a place he wanted to succeed. It's not been all sunshine and lollypops. He's struggled, especially with the liberal arts class -- studying when he's not interested is hard. This semester is Sign Language -- the real deal. His midterm is in a week, so we'll see what is really going on then, but he seems to be doing well. No traditional foreign language would make it past the LDs.

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My son's first dx was aspergers, but it seems like at this point we're going with bipolar and tourettes primarily. he was in an autism homeroom for a while, but he actually gets along better with adhd kids than autistic kids.


pretty sure i looked at this program before and it was really specifically for autistic kids. As hard as it is to have an autistic kid, at least you have some company. A bipolar kid who is pretty stable on meds but still really dorky and unmotivated and . . . sigh. idk. hard to find anyone who can relate. luckily he's a really bright kid (gifted program for a half a year before he was id'd for special ed services), and has been much more responsible for practical matters recently.


oh, also, while i was thinking J Sarge would be a better choice for him, after looking through their programs, i'm not so sure. my daughter went to John Tyler, the other community college and she really encouraged us to try him there.


oh, wow . . .



The fee for The Courage to Succeed is $16,000 to be paid as follows:


This cost is in addition to tuition, student activity and other customary fees charged by J. Sargeant Reynolds


yeah, thats not happening.


but thanks

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