We are pleased your son or daughter is considering Lansing Community College as their college of choice. Office of Disability Support Services (ODSS) has created this link to provide information for parents of special needs 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 are available as follows:
To determine parental rights of a college student, please see
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) at the
The following chart offers comparisons of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) used to determine Special Education services K-12 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which provide the bases for determining accommodations for documented special needs 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:
- Apply to LCC online (www.lcc.edu) Be
sure to start early. Students should apply one semester
before they intend to take classes.
- Take the Computerized Placement Tests (CPT's) 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 (CPT's), ACT, SAT, other waiver information please contact the Assessment Center at http://lcc.edu/assessment
** Students requiring the assistance of a reader must call the Reader Services office 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 need to 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 calculator 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 CPT's, must 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 Kris Stairs at (517)267-5690 to schedule the necessary accommodations.
- Register with the Office of Disability Support Services. Students should call (517)483-1924 to make an appointment with an advisor or counselor within ODSS. An advisor can help students with academic advising and arranging classroom accommodations. A counselor can perform these tasks as well as perform vocational and personal counseling. 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 IS REQUIRED (Psychological evaluation, MD/DO report, etc. depending on the disability.) A 504 PLAN also requires 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. 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: Student must meet with an ODSS staff person each semester that they plan to access accommodations.
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 IEP's when invited.
The Licensed Professional Counselors in ODSS offer personal counseling. All ODSS staff are trained as academic advisors to assist with course selection, planning and accommodations. Appointments can be scheduled in advance for daytime or evening. Drop-in times with the ODSS staff is reserved for returning students only.
If you have any questions, please contact any of the ODSS staff listed below:
Kim Cory, Learning Disability Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica DelCastillo, Interim ODSS Coordinator email@example.com
Fred Wurtzel, Reader Services Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Kris Stairs, Hearing Impaired Specialist email@example.com
ODSS staff can be reached by e-mail or calling (517)483-1924
The student is responsible for setting and attending their own appointments.
www.lcc.edu/orientation for information of orientation for new students at Lansing Community College.
www.lcc.edu/wrc for information on what the Women's Resource Center/Returning Adult Program has to offer.
www.lcc.edu/assessment for information on Placement tests, waivers and other services offered at the Assessment Center.
www.lcc.edu/trio for students who are first generation college student, meet income guidelines, or have a documented physical or learning disability.
www.michigan.gov/mdcd for Michigan Rehabilitation Services for Career and Employment services.
Great Lakes ADA and Accessible Information Technology Center
ADA Informational Line U.S. Department of Justice
Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html
Disability Support Services
Gannon Bldg, Room 204
Phone: (517) 483-1924
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