ADHD and College and Higher Education
Attending college this fall: Do I need accommodation?
I’ve always done moderately well without accommodation, but it came at a great price. I pay almost twice the amount of effort as normal kids, but so far I’ve attained acceptable scores without any treatment or accommodation in school that enabled me to attend a selective college. I don’t know what I should do regarding college. I was just diagnosed and put on Strattera, going to 50 mg next month. I’m on 40 mg right now but I don’t notice anything different.
One thing I don’t want is to face the ridicule of my peers because in a lot of places, ADHD is a myth and even if it’s not, getting accommodation is “cheating” somehow. Should I only take the meds, and not request any accommodation? Should I get coaching, but no accommodation? Does getting 504 actually help those who have had to do without it for a decade? I didn’t declare my condition in my application because I didn’t have a diagnosis, and some colleges are very stringent with whether they even grant 504 if I demonstrated that I could do well without it, ADHD or not…
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