Support at Kennesaw State University for Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

By SUSAN PARKER

Making the transition to a college environment can be challenging especially to those struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Kennesaw State University has resources available through Student Disabilities Services to help students with ADHD succeed in classes.

Going to college and having ADHD doesn’t have to be a struggle. There is help available to students through Student Disability Services that is required by all colleges because of the American Disabilities Act. According to Student Disabilities Services records, they help approximately 735 students with disabilities at Kennesaw State, and approximately 154 of those students have ADHD.

Nastassia Sanabria, Assistant director of Student Disability Services. Photo by Susan Parker.
Nastassia Sanabria, Assistant director of Student Disability Services. Photo by Susan Parker.

Assistant director for Student Disabilities Services, Nastassia Sanabria, works with Kennesaw students in the disabilities office to help them receive the best accommodations possible for their case.

Although the accommodations are decided based on each individual student, the main accommodations available are note taking assistance, extended test taking time, low-distraction testing environments, getting a copy of the professors lecture notes, and recording lectures, says Sanabria.

Some students may be hesitant about seeking help from the Student Disabilities Services office, because they feel that teachers and peers may treat them differently, or think of the accommodations as unfair, says Sanabria.

Student Racheal Ryan says she feels that most teachers are very understanding about these types of situations and are willing to help.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects your ability to focus, sit still in class and test taking, which makes it more difficult to learn without the help of accommodations or medications. Students who seek Student Disabilities Services help show enormous improvement in grades and academic performance, says Sanabria.

Students have several opportunities to find out about the Student Disabilities office through its website, teacher syllabus, and its presence at student orientations.

Additional information can be found on the Student Disability Services website or by visiting their office on the second floor of the student center. The site also has information on the American Disabilities Act and what rights you have as a person with disabilities.

When asked about advice for students with ADHD, Sanabria says, “Having ADHD does not mean that you won’t be successful in school or in life, there is support that are available for you. Don’t feel like ADHD has to define you, and that seeking support or assistance is a sign of weakness. It is actually empowering to realize where your strengths are and when you need support.”

In the future, Sanabria says, “I would hope to see more faculty training. There are still some faculty that does not know what we do and what our purpose is. The training should help them be aware of how they could adjust their teaching style and understand that all students have different learning styles and not just those with disabilities.”

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