Jamie Martin, Assistive Technology Consultant for Students and Adults with Dyslexia
Kudos to you for thinking ahead and taking the time to prepare for life after high school! There are three main things you can do now as you are preparing to go off to college as a student with dyslexia:
1) If you have not already, familiarize yourself with assistive technology and learn what kinds of tools will help you compensate for your specific language difficulties. While you should be able to receive necessary accommodations in college (like extended time for exams), the amount of reading and writing will likely increase from what you are used to in high school. Text-to-speech technology or audio books may be helpful to get through large amounts of reading, and dictation technology may help you complete papers and reports in a timely manner and to the best of your ability.
2) Become comfortable talking about your dyslexia and practice advocating for yourself. If you have an IEP in high school, it won't travel with you to college. Your right to an appropriate education will still be protected by the law, but by and large, you will be responsible to seek out accommodations yourself. It will be a great idea to speak to all of your professors at the beginning of each semester so that they understand what you will need to be successful in their classes. Also, take some time to go over each syllabus at the beginning of the semester to make sure you will be able to receive all course materials (textbooks, supplemental readings, etc.) in accessible formats (electronic texts, recorded books, etc.).
3) While considering specific colleges, seek out each school's Office of Support Services and find out how helpful they will be to you as a dyslexic student. Let them know what accommodations have helped you be successful in high school, and find out if the same or similar accommodations will be available to you at their school. Taking the time to gather this information during the application process will help you find a college that will be able to meet your needs.
For more information on making the transition from high school to college, you can check out this book:
Best of luck as you continue your education!