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2. Stigma and other factors deter many undergraduates from accessing key resources in college, where only one-fourth of students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) disclose that they have a disability.

Up through 12th grade, school districts are responsible for identifying students with disabilities. But after high school, the responsibility shifts to the young adults themselves. They need to be proactive and disclose their disability to receive accommodations in college or the workplace.

The National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS2) followed approximately 12,000 students receiving special education for 10 years as they transitioned from high school to adult life.5 Students who were identified in high school as having SLD accounted for the largest portion (67%) of the study’s participants who enrolled in some type of postsecondary education.6 However, only one-fourth of students with SLD informed their college that they have a disability.