The Center for Student Access (CSA) recognizes disability as an integral component of diversity. We consult with students, faculty, and staff to support the ongoing development of an accessible college.
We also recognize that we are part of a larger system of support that includes parents, families, community advocates and organizations, and the many high schools that feed into LCC. To that end, we regularly speak with families, work with various community partners, and visit with high school classes to discuss the transition to college.
After you’ve applied, contact the CSA to meet with a consultant to discuss how we can best serve you. CSA consultants are your guides to LCC’s assistive technology, services and accommodations, and will work with you to plan your experience at LCC. For new students, we suggest you take the following steps:
1. Apply to LCC
Once you've received your student ID number (X00…), username (TUID), and activated your account, you are ready for the second step (meet with us).
2. Meet with Us
The goal of our first meeting is to get to know each other and to establish what kind of barriers you've encountered in the past so that we can help you develop a strategy for success during your time at LCC.
Call, email or visit the CSA to schedule an appointment. Bring any documentation of past barriers to this meeting. This can include a 504 plan, an IEP, medical records, or other formal documentation of disability.
Accessibility on Campus
Lansing Community College maintains a strong commitment to accessibility across the whole campus including all electronic information technology, physical spaces, course materials, and instructional methods.
If you discover an issue with the physical, electronic, or virtual accessibility while at LCC, we strongly encourage you to report the problem.
Lansing Community College, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of disability in administration of its education-related programs and activities and has an institutional commitment to provide equal educational opportunities for disabled students who are otherwise qualified.
Transitioning from High School to College
Making the transition from high school to college is an exciting time. Students who utilized accommodations with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans in high school often wonder how to start the process of receiving accommodations in college.
High School vs. College Differences
High School: Modifications to tests which include eliminating questions, unlimited time, extra explanations, ability to take tests in resource room, open book/open note tests, etc.
College: Accommodations related to testing are often limited to extended time, distraction-reduced environment, and readers for tests who can read the test exactly as written.
High School: Modified assignments (i.e. fewer questions to answer, alternate assignments, extra time to turn in homework, etc.)
College: No modifications to length of assignments. Office may grant extended time for in-class assignments, but instructor has the final say about extended time for most homework submissions.
High School: Resource room
College: No resource room
Referral to Services
High School: Schools find students who have eligibility for services and prescribe accommodations accordingly.
College: Students self-refer and self-identify. Student advocates for accommodations.
High School: Schools often pay for the process of diagnostic testing.
College: Students must pay for their own diagnostic testing.
High School: Documentation of disability is fairly consistent from student to student.
College: Documentation requirements vary from institution to institution. Students must contact the schools to determine their requirements.
High School: Schools provide transportation to and from school.
College: Transportation is not provided.
High School: Schools provide free alternative textbooks using a variety of ways, including BookShare.
College: Students are required to purchase their books, provide proof of ownership, and then request books. Colleges may or may not use BookShare; they may just share the files.
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