There are any number of reasons why you are at the college age, but some difficulty you are experiencing has not yet been identified as a disability. Here are a few common scenarios:
- You always struggled to learn at the same pace as your classmates. But you were a quiet, well-behaved student, so you didn't get your teachers' attention.
- You didn't want anyone to know you were struggling and so you acted up, skipped school, got kicked out of class, etc.
- Your teachers noticed you were struggling but your parents didn't want you in special education, so wouldn't let you get tested for a disability.
- A traumatic event, or a constant buildup of pressure to perform has resulted in severe anxiety that leaves you immobilized.
- An injury, disease, or illness caused damage to the brain, loss of sight, loss of mobility, or loss of hearing.
- Nobody realized that your poor social skills, and your high sensitivity to lights and sounds was a form of autism.
- Your depression, mania, obsessions and compulsions, or other mood or personality disorders began when you were an adult.
If you wonder whether the difficulties you are experiencing would qualify you for our services as having a disability, please come in to see one of our counselors. Together, you will discuss your situation. The counselor will make recommendations to you. It will be up to you whether you choose to act on them or not. Your conversation will remain confidential.
You can call the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at extension 5905. Tell them you are a new student and want an appointment to talk to a counselor about some academic difficulties you are having.
It will take some effort on your part (and a bit of courage) to obtain a verified diagnosis, but you may soon realize the value of registering with CSD. Here are many of the services we offer to support you in your academic journey at GCC.
You can read here to find out more about some of the more common types of disabilities.