Attending College with Learning Challenges

By Samantha Kolkey

Happy Friday! Hope you all are finishing out the week strong!

Yesterday, an article was published in the New York Times titled “Developmentally Disabled, and Going to College.” All the staff here at Options for College Success found it very relevant at this time of year, as well as an important article to spread awareness of the need for services targeted to those transitioning to college with developmental and learning disabilities.  The students that are portrayed in this fabulous article written by Kyle Spencer reminded the Options staff of the student population we work with every day. Once this population transitions out of high school programs into the post-secondary education world, they are often over-looked and treated as unable.  Sometimes parents are left unsure of what to do for their young adult, and this is where our services come into play.

Options for College Success provides services that target all areas of a person’s life to help them succeed in school, work, and transition into independence. We provide academic support and tutoring, career counseling and job support, financial skill building, independent living skills, social skills, and we host social events almost every day of the week. We have a full time residential program, a day program, and are now offering a Skype option.  We develop custom learning plans for every student to help meet them where they are at, and work from a strengths based model.  To find out more, please visit out website at or contact us 847.425.4797.

And of course…check out the article:



Author: optionsforcollegesuccess

Options for College Success is incorporated as a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization. The population we serve are young adults with learning challenges and disabilities. Our program focuses on six areas of a student's life. We take an individualized approach to ensure that each student is able to realize their full potential. No cutting corners, just the help they need when they need it. 847.425.4797

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