Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
I get asked from time to time if there are college scholarships for students with learning disabilities.
There are assumptions built into this question that bother me. What is it about having a learning disability qualifies you for a free ride to college?
I can easily see a financial aid issue if it exists or an academic excellence issue, if it exists but singling out disability types for monetary support seems counter productive to the end where we’re all equal.
I have no problems with quotas as social engineering (affirmative action) but that’s not what most people who ask me are looking for: they don’t feel that LD students are under-represented in college and ought to be admitted to make the student body more diverse. The folks who ask me about this are looking a financial award based solely on the learning disabilities label.
There’s something fishy here, does anyone else see it that way?