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  1. Melody September 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    My daughter had a terrible first year in school. We didn’t know what to think so we brought her home and she saw a therapist. He diagnosed her with ADD, but even so her school says she still can’t go back because her grades were so bad. It turned out they suspended and she has to take two semesters off. Even if she wants to go to another school the bad grades are on her transcript. Is there anything we can do about this? Thanks.

    • Jeff Ludovici
      Jeff Ludovici September 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Melody, thank you so much for you question. I’ve had many students in the same situation, where they attended college with a disability that had gone previously undetected. Some colleges will allow for addressing bad grades that were caused by a disability that was not caught. I wrote extensively about a process called a retroactive medical withdrawal in my Guide To Correcting Bad Grades In College. It’s hosted in the learning section of my College Strategy Blog, and the site address is I hope this guide is helpful, it has a section specifically dedicated to that kind of withdrawal. Thanks again.

  2. Ron October 11, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    My son wants to apply to a college but feels that they will not accept him because he’s had some attentional problems in the past. He was diagnosed in the 5th grade but didn’t we didn’t ask for an IEP while in high school. He had pretty good grades but we’re concerned that he may not do well in college without us watching him all the time. He can be really disorganized and forgetful, and wants to go to only large state universities where I’m certain he’ll just be a number. How do we get him ready so he can succeed?

    • Jeff Ludovici
      Jeff Ludovici October 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Ron. Colleges do not have questions about having a disability on their applications (at least the one’s I’ve seen over more than 10 years), and they can’t discriminate or give preference to students who have a disability regarding entry. For getting him ready, identifying his strengths and weaknesses will be important (see the assessment link at my site). What I would be concerned with is if he does need accommodations in college you’ll need a more recent evaluation than from 5th grade. Most schools want to see documentation within the last two or three years of applying for accommodations. Please see the documentation guide at the top of the page. Thanks for writing.

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