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Disability Resource Center: Helping to ensure equal access to the University's educational, social, and cultural opportunities

Services for Students with Learning Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center assists students with disabilities by providing guidance and accommodations to ensure equal access so that all students can take full advantage of the courses, programs, and activities offered by the University of Louisville.

Support services at the University of Louisville for enrolled students with documented learning disabilities are coordinated by Colleen Gettys at the Disability Resource Center (DRC), Stevenson Hall, (502) 852-6938.

If you think you have a disability and need and assessment, click here: Assessment for Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Resources at the University of Louisville for Students with Learning Disabilities

  • Pre-admission counseling. high school students, transfer students, or returning adult students are encouraged to call the DRC to schedule an appointment to discuss their interest in attending the University of Louisville.
  • University of Louisville requires the ACT (American College Test) for admission into degree-granting units of the university. Applicants with documented learning disabilities are encouraged to seek accommodations on the ACT ( may include extra time and testing in a reduced distraction environment). Accommodation on university placement tests may also be available.
  • Disability-related academic advising and planning that is supplemental to academic advising.
  • Supplemental note takers for eligible students.
  • Textbooks on tape or electronic format for eligible students.
  • Testing accommodations for eligible students. These accommodations may include additional time, reduced distractions during testing, orally administered exams (via computer), exam assistants and any other appropriate accommodations.
  • Advocacy for/by students is a high priority at the DRC, which may include intervention with faculty and instructors as appropriate.
  • Career advising and personal counseling is provided through The Counseling Center.
  • REACH (Resources for Academic Achievement) is the University of Louisville's centralized academic support unit designed for undergraduate students. It provides math tutoring, general tutoring, computer tutoring, and study skills.
  • University Writing Center supports writers and the teaching of writing. The University Writing Center complements and supplements classroom instruction to promote writing. Writing consultants teach students at all levels to become more effective writers. Through individualized. writing consultation, students learn to develop and organize ideas for course papers, graduate applications, theses and dissertations. Consultants provide a critical audience for students, pointing out possible problems in their writing and offering suggestions for revision.

For additional information, contact:

Colleen Gettys, Program Coordinator, ADHD and Learning Disability Services
Disability Resource Center
119 Stevenson Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
(502) 852-6938

Online Resources:

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky

Schwab Foundation for Learning

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