The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences- 13th Edition

By January 11, 2017Uncategorized

We are proud to announce that the 13th edition of the K&W Guide is now available.  (Random House/Princeton Review, 13th Edition. Sept. 2016)


“This book is a resource of resourcesa marvelous tool for a group as

diverse as us. Use this book to find a college that best fits YOU, and

offers resources aligned with your motivation, interests and needs. . . .

The K&W Guide empowers us to make the most of our abilities.”


—from the foreword by Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s and author of

Copy This! Lessons from a Hyperactive Dyslexic Who Turned

a Bright Idea Into One of America’s Best Companies


September 2016—This unique guidebook was conceived by coauthors Marybeth Kravets and Imy F. Wax almost thirty years ago when their paths crossed in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield in 1987. At that time, Imy, the mother of a high school freshman who had been diagnosed with multiple learning disabilities at the age of two, appealed to Marybeth, a counselor at her daughter’s school, to help her daughter prepare for college and identify the best schools for her needs.


Finding no resources with information on colleges offering programs for students with learning disabilities, Imy and Marybeth teamed up to research this topic together. Over the next two years, they contacted hundreds of schools, gathering information on their programs for students with special needs, their admissions requirements, services, policies, and other subjects. From this collaboration—which is ongoing—this one-of-a-kind sourcebook came to be.


First published in 1991, the book included information about 150 colleges and drew praise from media and readers that had similar needs for such a resource. Over the years, more colleges were added, more resources were included, and input from parents, students, and other experts in this field was incorporated into the book. Now in its 13th edition, THE K&W GUIDE TO COLLEGES FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES by Marybeth Kravets, MA, and Imy F. Wax, MS (Penguin Random House/Princeton Review, 13th Edition, September 2016, $31.99 paperback) features:


  • 353 College Profiles Detailed information on the colleges’ programs or services for students with learning differences, admission requirements (general and for students with learning differences), support services, graduation requirements, housing, cost, and student body demographics


  • Information on Disability Services Programs at an Additional 1,000 Schools


  • Guidelines for Requesting Accommodations Due to a Learning Disability, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, or Other Developmental Disorders Outlines documentation required to verify a student’s disability and determine appropriate accommodations


  • Getting Ready Steps to explore, apply to, and get admitted to a college. Includes student self-assessment questions, timelines (what needs to happen when), campus visits (who to contact, what to ask), interviews (questions parents and students should ask, as well as questions college officials may ask), and advice for getting recommendations


  • Advice from Learning Disability Specialists and an Attorney on Disability Law


  • Recommendations of Programs Listed by Aspergers Foundation International and Independent Living Program Information List of twenty-nine programs, which aid in the pursuit of independent living skills and education beyond high school for students with learning difficulties, ADHD, or other disabilities


Marybeth Kravets and Imy Wax have become nationally sourced experts in this field. They have published articles in professional publications and parenting magazines, appeared on NBC’s Today and several other programs, and conducted lectures and workshops for educators, professionals, students, and parents. More important, their research and work have helped thousands of students with learning disabilities get into and through college—including the student who inspired this book. In 1992, Imy’s daughter was accepted to all eight colleges she applied to, and in 1996 she graduated from college with honors and later attended graduate school. Say Marybeth and Imy, “No children elect to be born with a learning disability. However, if they hold fast to their dreams and aspirations and look beyond the imperfections and hidden handicaps, they can make things happen.”


THE K&W GUIDE TO COLLEGES FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES is one of 150 books developed by The Princeton Review, and published by Penguin Random House. The series also includes an annual BEST COLLEGES guide, plus books on college admission exams and financial aid, grad schools and grad school admission tests. The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, website, books, and other resources for college and graduate school–bound students. It is headquartered in Natick, MA, with test-preparation locations across the United States and abroad.