Disclose His ADHD: Yes or No?

Q: When applying to college, should my son disclose his ADHD diagnosis? He has done well in high school without accommodations. Won't disclosure be viewed as an excuse?
The Experts | posted by Patricia Quinn, M.D.

Having your son disclose that he has ADHD, and helping him develop self-advocacy skills to get the support he needs, are keys to success at college with attention deficit.

Using resources on campus is not an excuse, but rather a demonstration of his determination to be successful. Colleges are looking for that kind of can-do attitude.

In addition to disclosing ADHD on college applications, I recommend that high school students write about their disabilities in their college essays, and request an interview to discuss these issues at their first-choice schools. This will allow the student to explain past performance and to outline his plans for the future.

Patricia O. Quinn is a developmental pediatrician and coauthor of On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD

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