Landmark: Helping Neurodivergent Teens in Their College Journey

Being a teen with autism, learning disabilities, or other neurodivergent challenges is far from easy, and navigating the transition from high school to college can be downright scary, especially for students who have relied on IEP and 504 plans for learning accommodations. These accommodations ensure they are set up for academic, medical, and social success. Fortunately, when it comes to searching for college, there is more than hope; there is a school that has been created with you in mind!

Landmark College is known as “the college for students who learn differently,” and what they have done is truly remarkable in setting up a vibrant, supportive campus experience. It caters to students with learning disabilities, autism, executive functioning challenges, ADHD, and dyslexia. Rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the most innovative schools in the north region, this unique college offers a 6:1 student ratio and a strength-based model that ensures all students are set up for success in the classroom and beyond. Remarkably, 87% of all bachelor’s degree students are either in graduate school or fully employed, defying the odds faced by students with autism, who are typically less likely to complete their degree, according to recent findings by the North East Autism Society.

As a parent of a student with learning challenges, I can’t even express how refreshing Landmark’s approach to education and inclusion is. Our journey started at 2 years old with early intervention and has continued throughout grade school, middle school, and now high school. I’ve met so many parents over the years who will be blown away by Landmark’s episode of The College Tour. The school’s tailored approach, considering varying abilities, is specifically customized for each child. Landmark is more than just a school; it is a game-changer. In a world where students and parents constantly advocate for accommodations and necessities to thrive, Landmark shows that it doesn’t always have to be a fight. There is a place where your child can grow while being valued for the incredible person they are.

As a proud member of The College Tour team, viewing this episode was like any other viewer, taking in the magnitude of just how life-changing this can be for countless families who have faced so many obstacles. Witnessing the Landmark community in action takes the word “inspiration” to a whole new level. I welcome you not only to watch it but also to share it with everyone in your life – friends, teachers, counselors, etc. – because this school can make all the difference for someone who might think college just isn’t for them.

Samantha Jonas-Hain

Samantha Jonas-Hain is a seasoned writer, producer, content creator, and marketing strategist that has worked for companies like FOX News, Good Housekeeping, WE tv, and other major media outlets. She is a mom of three wonderful kids, who keep her young while also inadvertently make her feel old on a daily basis.