Application Process

Application Process

On this page

  • Overview of the services the Center for Accessible Resources (CAR) provides.
  • Step-by-step guide on how to apply for services with CAR.
  • Contact information for CAR.


CAR is a resource for students, faculty, and staff, with the goal of improving access to the learning environment.

Lane Community College and CAR promotes and supports admissions and participation in all college programs/majors, and makes available accommodations to provide equal access to all qualified (meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission) students. CAR provides reasonable modifications to requirements and rules, removes barriers to participation, and provides provision of auxiliary aides and services unless doing so would result in a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum/learning outcome.

CAR works with students to set up academic accommodations for classes and to brainstorm learning strategies and provides disability related advising. There are a variety of academic accommodations that students might use, including extra time on tests, reduced distraction testing, note-taking assistance, use of alternate format textbooks, etc.

CAR collaborates with each student to tailor the process of receiving accommodations and identify which accommodations will be most useful in response to their individual needs. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations are provided for all areas of the learning environment including (but not limited to) credit and noncredit classes, Cooperative Education placements, and clinicals.

It is a student’s right not to disclose if he or she has a disability or uses accommodations. Accommodations will not be given retroactively.

All students are encouraged to take steps to ensure accommodations are in place for future assignments or activities by completing the following process to become eligible for academic accommodations.

Applying for CAR services

1. Submit a CAR Application.

Application process video:

Step-by-step instructions on submitting a CAR application 

This process takes about 10 minutes.

Note: No accommodation or affiliation with the CAR is required for the use of a Service Animal. See more information on Service Animal procedures.

2. Submit medical documentation.

A student's medical documentation must describe how their disability affects them in the learning environment. Before submitting any medical documentation, make copies for personal record. Documents submitted to CAR will not be re-released. Send, fax, email or bring the forms to the CAR office. Medical documentation will be reviewed within 7 business days of when it was received.

Medical documentation may include any of the following:

  • Copies of medical records.
  • Evaluations or diagnostic reports.
  • Medical Documentation Information Form
    • Click on the above link for copies of the form or pick up a printed copy at CAR.
    • Please have the appropriate, qualified medical professional complete the form.
    • Your medical provider can fax this form back to CAR or you can mail or bring it into the office.

Examples of providers students may wish to obtain medical documentation from:

  • Health care and mental health care providers
  • Audiologists
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Commission for the Blind
  • Social Security records
  • Veteran's Administration

If students have questions on what documents are needed, please make an appointment to meet with a CAR advisor.

Occasionally, CAR will need more information from the student or the student's medical provider to determine student eligibility. To ensure CAR can process medical documentation as quickly as possible, please respond promptly.

3. Attend a student interview.

Once CAR has reviewed the student's application and medical documentation, CAR will contact the student and set up an interview appointment. Appointments can normally be made within one week and last about one hour.

During the student interview the student and their CAR primary advisor will identify what academic accommodations the student is eligible for and the CAR primary advisor will provide information on how to use accommodations. The student will also learn about CAR procedures and have an opportunity to ask questions.

CAR requests parents and advocates do not sit in on this initial meeting between student and CAR primary advisor.

What next?

Each term, students will need to request accommodations online for each class. Please see the Requesting Accommodations page.

Students, parents, and advocates may also want to review information on Transition Planning for High School Students and Placement Testing.

Information about a student's disability is considered a highly confidential part of the student's educational records and is protected by the federal law FERPA (Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974).

Questions or concerns? Students should immediately contact their CAR primary advisor. If needed, visit CAR's Grievances page for information on informal and formal complaint processes.

Center for Accessible Resources logo