Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you have to offer? What do you provide?

What can I expect when I come to college after high school?

How do I request my accommodations?

Why would another student get different accommodations than me?

Can disability accommodations be added to my Letter of Accommodation later?

Does Lane do diagnostic testing?

Is there a cost for accommodations?

Does Disability Resources assist students in getting to class?

Can a family member be my notetaker?

Can a family member or friend be my scribe and reader for tests?

What if I qualified for extended test time, and didn't get it?

I missed the drop/refund deadline! What do I do now?

I'm thinking about dropping a class, what should I do?

I'm having difficulties contacting and/or communicating with my instructor. What should I do?

What do you have to offer? What do you provide?

We are a resource for students, faculty and staff, providing education and awareness of disability issues. We work with students with disabilities to figure out what accommodations or adjustments will be useful to improve access to the learning environment, for both credit and noncredit classes.  We also assist students in developing learning strategies that can be used while attending college.

For more information on how to get set up with Disability Resources, contact our front desk to schedule an orientation or go to Getting Started to do an online orientation. You may call (541) 463-5150 or stop by Bldg. 1, Room 218.

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What can I expect when I come to college after high school?

  • Students will find a number of differences between high school and college, including:

  • College classes vary in terms of schedules, class times and coursework expectations.

  • Students need to be proactive in communicating with their instructors, make their own decisions, and be responsible for managing their own schedules.

  • Students will need to seek out appropriate resources on campus, such as academic advising, tutoring centers, and Disability Resources.

  • Students will need to give their consent to the college in order for instructors or staff to speak to their parents.

  • Most successful students can expect to spend 2-3 hours of studying for each hour they are in class.  Students with disabilities may need to plan on additional study time.

  • Unlike high school, college homework is not modified.  We encourage students with disabilities to get set up with Disability Resources early to put accommodations in place for their classes.

  • Students are responsible for discussing accommodation needs with their instructors, and Disability Resources encourages students to develop self-advocacy skills.

  • For more information on the differences between High School and College, check out this point-by-point comparison.

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How do I request my accommodations?

Once you're set up with Disability Resources, you will need to contact D.R. to request your accommodations for classes each term.

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Why would another student get different accommodations than me? 

While some accommodations are very common, there may be differences from one student to another. We work with each student individually to determine which accommodations are most useful.

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Can disability accommodations be added to my Letter of Accommodation later?

Yes. If you would like discuss this, contact a Disability Resources Advisor to discuss the accommodations you would like to add to your Letter of Accommodation.

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Does Lane do diagnostic testing?

Lane does not conduct any diagnostic testing.  We can give you a list of psychologists in the community who do diagnostic testing.  The list is for your information only, and should not be considered an endorsement of any particular tester.

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Is there a cost for accommodations?

No. Students do not pay for disability accommodations.

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Does Disability Resources assist students in getting to class?

Disability Resources can assist students in identifying the most efficient routes around campus, as well as providing mobility orientations for students with vision loss. Students needing personal assistance to get around campus (i.e. pushed in a wheelchair) will need to make their own arrangements.  In some situations, distance learning may be a good option.

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Can a family member be my notetaker?

Most likely, no. Students generally work with class peers who volunteer to be a notetaker. Because of the size of most classes, it may not be possible for an additional person to be in the classroom if he/she is not registered for the class.

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Can a family member or friend be my scribe and reader for tests?

No. All scribes and readers provided through the Disability Resources office have been trained to provide test accommodations in a neutral manner.

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What if I qualified for extended test time, and didn't get it?

Students need to inform instructors about testing accommodations and discuss in advance how they would like to make those arrangements (i.e. directly through the instructor, or through the Disability Resources office). Tests arranged through Disability Resources must be made at least 5 days in advance. If students or instructors have questions or concerns about test accommodations, contact Disability Resources.

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I missed the drop/refund deadline! What do I do now?

The deadline for dropping classes with a full refund is Sunday midnight after the first week of the term, for Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. After that time, students are responsible for paying for the classes in full. Students may still drop classes up until the end of the 8th week of the term, but will not receive a refund. Summer timelines vary.

For students who need to drop classes due to exceptional circumstances, such as a medical emergency or death in the family, see the Petition for Exception to Refund Policy.

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I'm thinking about dropping a class, what should I do?

Meet with an advisor in Disability Resources, Counseling & Advising or Financial Aid to explore all options and financial aid consequences before dropping a class.

For students who need to drop classes due to exceptional circumstances, such as a medical emergency or death in the family, see the Petition for Exception to Refund Policy.

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I'm having difficulties contacting and/or communicating with my instructor.  What should I do?

If there are difficulties contacting your instructor, speak directly to your instructor at the beginning or end of class to ask for suggestions (i.e. email, alternate phone number). If this is an online class, you may want to speak with someone in the appropriate department for further suggestions.

We encourage you to communicate directly with your instructor about any issues that arise.  You may also come to Disability Resources to meet with an advisor in order to discuss strategies.  If necessary, a D.R. advisor can help facilitate a meeting between a student and instructor.

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Note: If you would like to discuss specific situations in more detail, please contact a Disability Resources Student Advisor, (541) 463-5150.