CAR 101 - Information for Faculty
What is CAR?
The Center for Accessible Resources (CAR) coordinates support services and promotes disability awareness in the college community. CAR works with students and faculty to determine appropriate academic adjustments and services for students with qualified, documented disabilities. CAR is dedicated to working with faculty and assisting students with disabilities so students can meet academic requirements and goals.
The pages under the “Faculty” tab will give you more information about student accommodations, as well as resources to assist you in working with students. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact CAR staff at x5150 or AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu
On this Page:
- CAR’s Process
- Purpose of Accommodations and Course Integrity
- Definition of “Disability”
- Reasonable vs. Unreasonable Accommodations
- CAR Responsibilities
- Referring Students to CAR
- Finding a Student’s Primary Accommodation Specialist
- Outside Resources
- Related Pages
There are a few steps students must complete to be eligible for services through CAR. CAR collaborates with each student to tailor the process of receiving accommodations and identify which accommodations will be most useful in response to their needs. The following are the steps taken by students to utilize accommodations:
- Submit an application on the CAR application webpage
- Submit medical documentation
Medical documentation is used to match each student with the accommodations that will help them be successful. It is in no way meant to “prove” disability status, but simply to help determine the correct accommodations.
- Attend a student interview
During the student interview, the student and their CAR accommodation specialist will identify the academic accommodations the student is eligible for. The student will also learn about CAR procedures. Students will also complete a one-on-one orientation regarding any of the accessible technology accommodations they are eligible for.
- Request Accommodations
Each term, students need to request their accommodations online for each class. This includes requesting each test.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please contact CAR.
The Purpose of Accommodations
The accommodations listed on a student’s Letter of Accommodation (LOA) are designed to provide access to the classroom environment and learning materials. They are not meant to give the student an extra advantage or alter learning outcomes. Some students may exhibit their knowledge and other course expectations differently than their peers. For example, a student with a learning disability may read at a much slower rate than their peers. Thus, extra time to take an exam helps ensure the test is assessing the student’s knowledge, not their reading speed.
Sometimes, there is concern that a student’s accommodations will compromise the integrity of a course. When providing accommodations, CAR ensures that the essential learning outcomes of courses are still met. Accommodations are provided to give equal opportunity for the student to participate in the course. Students with accommodations should be graded as you would grade any other student. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact CAR.
In section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act—the legislation that guarantees specific rights to people with disabilities—there is no list of disabilities. Instead, a disability is defined by:: the individual (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (2) has a record of such impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such impairment. The law is written for broad coverage.
CAR and LCC serve a wide range of students with disabilities, including medical and psychological conditions, mobility and neurological impairments, hearing and vision loss, and learning disabilities. This might mean that a student's disabilities may not be visible or readily apparent. If you have questions about a student receiving accommodations, it is important to not question them regarding their diagnosis or disability, but to contact CAR.
See this handout from the Office of Civil Rights for more information:
Reasonable accommodations reduce barriers to learning and are individualized to a student’s needs. Both the student’s physical accessibility to the classroom as well as the student’s ability to have full access to all course activities are considered in providing reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are those that do not:
- Alter or remove requirements of the course/program
- Alter the learning outcomes of the course/program
- Pose a threat to others
CAR is responsible for many of the steps when it comes to student accommodations. The following is a list of what CAR’s responsibilities encompass:
- Reviewing medical documentation and applications
- Determining whether or not a student is eligible for accommodations through CAR
- Negotiating which specific accommodations a student is eligible for
- Managing students’ ongoing accommodations
- Sending Letters of Accommodation (LOA) to faculty
- Placing physical accommodations in classrooms (i.e. alternate chairs)
- Proctoring exams taken in our testing facilities
- Providing interpreters or in class aide/reader/scribes when necessary
- Assisting students in locating resources on campus
- Assisting students in determining strategies to help them be successful
- Troubleshooting accommodation concerns with both students and faculty
When students are having difficulties in your course, but it is unclear if they have a disability, it is important that faculty do not assume or ask the student directly if they have a disability. This PDF provides examples of how to suggest CAR to students.
Students who work with CAR are assigned an accommodation specialist that manages their accommodations. If you have questions or concerns about a student or their accommodations, you should contact their accommodation specialist. Here is where to locate their contact information on the Letter of Accommodation:
- I’ve never had a CAR student in one of my classes before. Who can I talk to for added guidance?
- Any CAR staff member is happy to answer your questions or direct you to someone who can. You are always free to contact us via phone at (541) 463-5150 or by email at AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu.
- What do I do if a student does not receive accommodations through CAR, but they are asking for accommodations in my course?
- If a student is asking you for accommodations, but you have not received an official Letter of Accommodation (LOA) via email from CAR, it is important that you direct them to our office. Any printed version of a student’s eligibility list is not an official letter from CAR, and should not serve as means to warrant accommodations in class.
- Where do I voice concerns, or provide feedback to CAR?
- CAR welcomes feedback on policies and procedures for accommodations. You may call our front desk at x5150 or visit us in Building 19, Room 231. You can also provide feedback via email at AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu. Lastly, our faculty survey is released annually to all faculty members to provide feedback and rate CAR's performance. The survey is anonymous, and all faculty are encouraged to participate.
- Reasonable vs. Unreasonable Accommodations webpage
- PDF: Disability Sensitivity Presentation
- PDF: Disability Rights: Enforcement Highlights