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Accommodations for College and University ADHD Students

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ADHD is the #2 genetically inherited condition in the world, 80%. If one or more of the parents have ADHD and don’t learn how to manage it properly, there will be worse outcomes for the child and will make the teacher’s job even harder. Here’s Harvard’s 5 minute Adult ADHD Screener test.

See also Accommodations for ADHD Students in K-12.

Accommodations for ADHD Students in College and University

College ADHD Accommodations and Support

By Keath Low at ADD.About.com Lists different accommodations for ADHD students at college.

Alternative Testing Guidelines

From Michigan State University. Covers tools for testing accommodations, testing formats, testing accommodations and solutions for supervising exams. Here is an expanded version of the alternative testing guidelines


Exams Accommodations and Classroom Accommodations

From Queens University. Goes over planning accommodations and exam and classroom accommodations


10 Quick Tips For University Students with ADHD. And Much More

From Queens University. Starts with those 10 tips than links to a some detailed PDF’s on helping to make University students with ADHD be successful


How To Succeed in College With ADHD

From the National Resource Center on ADHD. Covers:

• selecting the right college for a student with ADHD
• obtaining help at the college for a student with ADHD
• helpful interventions and accommodations for college students with ADHD


Instructional Strategies for ADHD Students at University.

By the University of Illinois. Lists 16 different strategies professors can use to help ADHD university students.


Multiple Ways That Time Challenged ADHD University Students Can Manage Their Time. PDF

Great PDF by Queens University on time management for University students with ADHD. Covers many different aspects of time management in an ADHD friendly and practical way. I.e.,

Make the items specific tasks

Vague: “Study Biology”

Specific: Read Biology Chapter 4 and complete chapter review questions 1-20


10 Ways To Achieve Success For University Or College Students With ADHD

By CADDAC, Center for ADHD Advocacy. ADHD students have higher College / University drop out rates. Here are 10 ways to reduce that.


ADHD documentation for students requesting accommodations at the postsecondary level Update on standards and diagnostic concerns

By Allyson G. Harrison, PhD for The Canadian Family Physician. This detailed peer reviewed article is designed to update primary health care providers on the guidelines and standards for documentation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the postsecondary level.

Also covers what is needed by postsecondary disability service providers?

QUALITY OF EVIDENCE We synthesized information from consultations with other experts at postsecondary disability offices and from relevant research in this area (specifically, PsycLIT, PsychINFO, and MEDLINE databases were searched for systematic reviews and meta-analyses from January 1990 to June 2009). Most evidence included was level III.


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  3. To Whom it May Concern,

    This site has provided excellent information regarding students with ADHD and their academic success.

    Are there any available suggestions on how an adult with ADHD could effectively position themselves for admissions to graduate school as a mature student with a four year undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Business Administration in my case, to a university in Canada?

    Any guidance would be appreciated.

    Kind Regards,


  4. Hi Scott I just coach entrepreneurs and people in the workforce but some other ADHD coaches work with college and university students. You could ask them. or ask on Twitter and use the hashtag #AskADHD or go ask on some facebook ADHD groups like Adult ADHD CANADA https://www.facebook.com/groups/addadhdca/ or some of the reddit adhd groups. Good luck

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