The Best Colleges and Universities for Disabled Students

Many colleges and universities offer special services, housing accommodations, and special accommodations in class. However, not all schools create special programs and services for their disabled student population. The following is a list of the best colleges and universities for disabled students in the United States that have gone beyond the minimum requirements of the Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Alabama—Samford University

Samford University offers a separate application process for students with disabilities. The applications are handled directly through the Disability Resources office. In addition, the university emphasizes accessible buildings throughout the campus.

Alaska—University of Alaska Anchorage

Providing equal opportunities for students who experience disabilities is a campus-wide responsibility and commitment. DSS coordinates support services for UAA students who experience disabilities. DSS also promotes a Universal Design approach to encourage a barrier-free culture for everyone and assists in finding reasonable adjustments when barriers are identified.

California—Diablo Valley College

The DVC Disability Support Services provides instruction and services designed to increase access for students with disabilities.

Florida–Barry University—CAL Program

The Glenn Hubert Learning Center provides specialized support services for students with learning disabilities, including tutorials, workshops, seminars, course support, diagnostic testing, and placement services.

Florida—Beacon University

Beacon is a college for students who learn differently, including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, and ADHD. This accredited college offers both bachelor and associate degrees, with courses designed for their needs.

Illinois—De Paul University

The Center for Students with Disabilities provides reasonable academic accommodations and services. These include assistive technology, procedural accommodations, clinician learning specialist services (for a fee), and career resources.

Indiana–Anderson University

Anderson has the Bridges Program to help students with specific learning disabilities and ADHD, providing an extra layer of support during their first semester.

Iowa—Iowa State University

Student Disability Resources is available in the Dean of Students Office to assist students, coordinating accommodations.

Massachusetts—American International College

American International College has Supportive Learning Services to help students with learning disabilities. They provide fee-based one-on-one tutoring with a learning disabilities specialist.

Massachusetts—Boston University

The Office of Disability Services provides reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, accessible housing, dietary accommodations, academic support, and more.

Massachusetts—Lesley University

Lesley University's Disability Services works to provide appropriate access to education and to student life.

Michigan—Finlandia University—TRIO Program

The TRIO program is for students with a disability, financial need or first-generation college students. It includes academic support services, tutoring, mentoring, and more.

Minnesota—Augsburg College—CLASS Program

The Center for Learning and Adaptive Student Services (CLASS) is available for student with ADHD, mental health disabilities, learning disabilities, physical/sensory impairments, chronic health conditions, or are on the autism spectrum. Disability specialists provide individual support and accommodations.

Minnesota—St. Catherine University—Resources for Disabilities Center

The ​​O'Neill Center for Academic Development​ provides programs, services, and facilities to address learning challenges and disabilities.

Nebraska—Creighton University

Creighton University has an Office of Disability Accommodations to coordinate services for students with disabilities.

New Jersey—Centenary College—Project ABLE and STEP Ahead

Centenary College has Project ABLE (Academic Bridges to Learning Effectiveness) to bridge between secondary school and college, working with a Learning Support Specialist. They also have STEP (Summer Transition and Enrichment Program) to develop skills before entering college in the fall.

New Jersey—Fairleigh Dickinson University—LD Student Program

The Regional Center for Learning Disabilities provides weekly support, a course for success, counseling, accommodations, and technological support.

New York—Adelphi University—Learning Resource Program

The Learning Resource Program provides support for students with learning disabilities with an individualized approach.

New York—Alfred University

The Center for Academic Success provides support services for students with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities.

New York—Iona College—College Assistance Programs

The College Assistance Program is a fee-based program with support and services for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.

New York—SUNY Cortland

SUNY Cortland emphasizes accessibility on campus. They provide Adapted Physical Education Community Programs as well as a wide variety of adaptive sports, including wheelchair sports, sled hockey, and skating. Disabled students have access to assisted technology, eLearning classes, and accessible academic buildings.

New York—SUNY Empire State College—Center for Distance Learning

The SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning may provide disabled students with another college option by providing degrees to students who complete their studies completely online.

Ohio—College of Mount St. Joseph—EXCEL Project for LD

Project EXCEL provides reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids.

Ohio—Kent State University Tuscarawas

The Office of Academic Services and Student Accessibility Services provides accommodations for students with a variety of disabilities.

Pennsylvania—Clarion University

Disability Support Services provides a coordinator for students to receive reasonable accommodations.

Pennsylvania—Community College of Allegheny County

Disability Services provides appropriate accommodations and assistive technology.

South Carolina—College of Charleston

College of Charleston Center for Disability Services/SNAP (Students Needing Access Parity) provides assistance and guidance to students with disabilities and helps educate the faculty, staff, and other students about disabilities.

Texas—Baylor University

The Baylor University Office of Access and Learning Accommodation is proud of its long history of inclusion of students with disabilities.

Texas—University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin has a wide variety of services available to disabled students. Some of these services include adaptive text, adaptive testing, Communication Access Realtime Translation, and sign language interpreters. The SSD office is very active with the campus community, offering presentations and training to other campus organizations (such as campus police), to ensure a safe and inclusive community for all students

Vermont—Johnson State College

Academic support is provided for students with disabilities.

Vermont—Landmark College—Learning Disabilities Focus

Landmark College is a college completely run with LD students in mind; unlike other colleges, the entire focus of the faculty is teaching to students with learning disabilities.

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