We are pleased your son or daughter is considering attending Lansing Community College. The Office of Disability Support Services (ODSS) has created this page to provide information for parents of interested students.
Mission of ODSS
The mission of ODSS is to support student success by:
Providing appropriate accommodations and services to eligible individuals with disabilities
Helping students take responsibility for their own learning/education and
Providing supportive services to help students with disabilities overcome barriers to success
General information regarding Lansing Community College offerings is available as follows:
Parental rights concerning access to information are different between the K-12 system and college; the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) spells out the parental rights of a college student. You can read more about the policy at www.lcc.edu/schedule/student-rights.
The following chart offers comparisons of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) used to determine Special Education services in K-12 education, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which provide the basis for determining accommodations for students in the post-secondary setting.
**NOTE: Tutoring and personal care attendants are not accommodations under ADA and consequently are not provided by ODSS.
Potential Lansing Community College students should take the following steps in order to access ODSS services:
1. Apply to LCC online (www.lcc.edu). Be sure to start early. Students should apply one semester before they intend to take classes.
2. Take the Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs) to obtain the reading, writing, and math levels required for most LCC classes. The tests are multiple choice, untimed and available on a walk-in basis (if a student requires a reader or quiet room the placement tests, then see below). For college placement tests (CPTs), ACT, SAT, other waiver information please contact the Assessment Center at http://lcc.edu/assessment.
** Students seeking the assistance of a reader must call Reader Services at (517) 483-1225 to schedule a reader for the placement tests. No documentation is required for this accommodation (except math, see below). NOTE: Readers can only read the tests EXACTLY as they are written. Readers are not able to re-word, clarify or explain anything within the tests.
**Students with a documented math disability must provide ODSS with a copy of their PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION which diagnoses a learning disability in an area of math in order to take the math placement test with a calculator. Students should call (517) 483-1924 to arrange for an ODSS staff person to review documentation. If approved, students will be provided with a form allowing for a simple calculator to use on the Math CPT. Students should start the Math CPT at the highest level with which they are comfortable.
**Students who desire to use a quiet room ONLY (no
reader) for the CPTs should call the appropriate phone number to
reserve a room:
Main Campus Assessment Center (517) 267-5500
East Campus (517) 483-9607
West Campus (517) 267-5452
Clinton County (St. Johns) (989) 224-2017
Livingston Campus (Howell) (517) 545-3522
Students requiring the assistance of a sign language interpreter must contact Cody Mathis, the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Specialist, at email@example.com or (517) 267-5690.
3. Register with the Office of Disability Support Services. Students should call (517) 483-1924 to make an appointment with an ODSS Specialist or Coordinator. The ODSS team member can help students with campus referrals and in arranging classroom accommodations. During this appointment students will need to do the following:
A. Bring in documentation of a disability for evaluation. **An exit IEP is helpful, but FURTHER DOCUMENTATION MAY BE REQUIRED, like a Psychological evaluation, MD/DO report, etc. depending on the disability. A 504 PLAN may also require supporting documentation.
B. Review reading, writing, and math placement levels with the ODSS staff person. In some cases, these placement levels determine the classes for which students are eligible to register. Office of Disability Support Services (ODSS) staff can assist with class selection and program study, and will refer students to appropriate on-campus offices. Students can register on campus during ongoing registration times. They can check LCC's main web page at www.lcc.edu for registration information.
C. Discuss accommodations with an ODSS staff person who will review documentation and ask about the kind of assistance received in the past in order to make an accurate recommendation for classroom and testing accommodations.
**NOTE: Students must contact ODSS staff every semester in order to renew accommodations, and must meet with ODSS staff at least once per year either in-person or via phone. Some students will be eligible to complete a â€œfast-trackâ€ renewal process.
D. Receive an instructor memo detailing the accommodations for which they qualify. This memo notifies the instructor that the student has registered with ODSS and is eligible for the requested accommodations. IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR about accommodation needs by showing the instructor the memo from ODSS.
ODSS Staff may attend IEPs for students who have expressed an interest in attending Lansing Community College. Please contact us at (517) 483-1924 at least three weeks in advance to schedule this service.
ODSS team members meet with students to review documentation, make accommodation plans, and refer students to resources.
If you have any questions, please contact any of the ODSS staff listed below:
Kim Cory, Learning Disability Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Cody Mathis, Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing Specialist email@example.com
Jessica Gordon, Disability Services Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
ODSS staff can be reached by e-mail or calling (517)483-1924
Students are responsible for setting and attending their own appointments.
www.lcc.edu/orientation: information regarding orientation for new students at Lansing Community College.
http://www.lcc.edu/advising/: access to the Advising Centerâ€™s services.
www.lcc.edu/wrc: information on the Women's Resource Center/Returning Adult Program at Lansing Community College.
www.lcc.edu/assessment: information on Placement tests, waivers and related services through the Assessment Center.
www.lcc.edu/trio: students who are first generation college student, meet income guidelines, or have a documented physical or learning disability.
http://www.lcc.edu/counseling/: students who would like to schedule a meeting with a counselor.
http://www.lcc.edu/lucero/: students who want to create a positive connection for Latino students and with each other.
http://www.lcc.edu/counseling/lep/: students who have limited English proficiency, and require additional support.
www.michigan.gov/mdcd: Michigan Rehabilitation Services for Career and Employment services.
Great Lakes ADA and Accessible Information Technology Center
www.ada.gov:ADA Informational Line U.S. Department of Justice
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html:Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators
Disability Support Services
Gannon Bldg, Room 204
Phone: (517) 483-1924
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