Many families, despite great intentions, will often hinder the learning experience (and success of) the student with ID. Worried about failure or disappointment, the student is often held back. Remarkably, less than 20 percent of students with the diagnosis of ID or LD (learning disabled) do NOT use the resources made available on campuses across the country. Colleges WANT success for their students, so why not use all the resources? Many parents (again, well-meaning) worry that if their child is identified as ID or LD or ID/DD, they will somehow be further labeled or diminished. While this can happen in the ‘real world’ among those who are not educated and do not understand the real world (oh, the irony), the college campus is the absolute best place for those with ID/DD to flourish as so many resources are available. Not signing up, not exploring options, not utilizing these tools is far more detrimental to the student.
On a final note, I was diagnosed at Texas A&M University with dyscalculia and, at one time, almost dropped out of college, believing I was the dumbest person on campus. I was embarrassed and ashamed. Today, I am the author of more than a dozen books, do motivational speaking, work with college freshman, mentor, and work with the special needs population. I am living testament that rehabilitation and testing centers work.