Many students with ADHD will be starting University or TAFE for the first time this year. I hope that they will make the commitment to get support from Student Services by registering as a student with special needs. There is often resistance to this step, as many wish to try 'going it alone', and avoid having to disclose their diagnosis. This resistance is brought about, in part, by the difficulty many experience when they attempt to get support for exams from the school Curriculum Councils in Australia who choose not to view ADHD as a learning disability. However, if they work up the courage to register at uni or TAFE, they find a different mindset. ADHD is recognised as a learning disability. Their disclosure remains confidential at all times, and lecturers are only informed if students agree. Students are asked for a letter of confirmation from their treating specialist, and are then asked what accommodations they require.
That's when it becomes difficult. How do you know what you need? In order to request accommodations or support that will make a difference to your academic results, you first need to identify your weaknesses and strengths - in a very specific way. For example, are you able to listen to lecturers and take notes at the same time? Do you know when your most productive period of the day occurs? When are you best able to listen & learn, and what time of day is best for you to revise, tackle assignments or complete class readings? What is the best method for you to study? What challenges do 'group assignments' present? These are some of the questions you need to start asking yourself, and noting the answers in your first weeks at uni or TAFE. Once you've completed your Learning Profile, you're better able to maximise your areas of strength and get support in your areas of weakness.
If you would like some assistance in this area, contact me for a consulation. Also, come to my
Information Session on Saturday 13th Feb, 3:30pm at the Wollaston Conference Centre, Wollaston Rd, Claremont.
Mobile 0411 067 541
Remember, people with ADHD make the world a better to place. You are the inventors, discoverers, innovators and artists of the world. We need you.