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Greetings, Parents!

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.

Comparison Chart
Eligibility for Services
Accessing Accommodations
ODSS Staff
Helpful Links

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

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.

Comparison of the IDEA, Section 504 and ADA Chart (PDF)


Eligibility for Services

Click here for documentation requirements

**NOTE: Tutoring and personal care attendants are not accommodations under ADA and consequently are not provided by ODSS.


Accessing Accommodations from the Office of Disability Support Services (ODSS).

Potential Lansing Community College students should take the following steps in order to access ODSS services:

  • Apply to LCC online ( Be sure to start early. Students should apply one semester before they intend to take classes.
  • 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

** 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 or (517) 267-5690.

  • 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:
    • Bring in documentation of a disability for evaluation. LCC aligns itself with AHEAD standards of documentation requirements, so may allow IEPs, 504 plans, observational records from professors or teachers, physician notes, etc. as it seeks to determine appropriate services.  Specialized accommodation requests may require more extensive documentation.  Your ODSS team member will advise you as to appropriate requirements.
    • 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 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 for registration information.
    • Discuss accommodations with an ODSS team member 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 fast-track renewal process, provided they have had ODSS contact in the past semester.

  • 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

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 feel free to call (517) 483-1924 and ask to speak with an available ODSS team member, or email us at Students are responsible for setting and attending their own appointments.

Helpful Links information regarding orientation for new students at Lansing Community College. access to the Advising Center services. information on the Women's Resource Center/Returning Adult Program at Lansing Community College. information on Placement tests, waivers and related services through the Assessment Center. students who are first generation college student, meet income guidelines, or have a documented physical or learning disability. students who would like to schedule a meeting with a counselor. students who want to create a positive connection for Latino students and with each other. students who have limited English proficiency, and require additional support. Michigan Rehabilitation Services for Career and Employment services. Great Lakes ADA and Accessible Information Technology Center (800)949-4232 (voice/TTY) :ADA Informational Line U.S. Department of Justice
(800)514-6301 (Voice)
(800)514-0383 (TTY) Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educator


Office of Disability Support Services at Lansing Community College

Disability Support Services
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1924
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