Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you will learn answers to these questions:

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

The Center for Accessible Resources provides academic accommodations and tools for students, faculty and staff. We strive to educate and increase 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 the Center for Accessible Resources, see our “Applying for Services” page.

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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:

  • Students will need to seek out appropriate resources on campus, such as academic advising, tutoring centers, and the Center for Accessible Resources.
  • Students will need to give their consent to the college for instructors or staff to speak to their parents.
  • Unlike high school, college homework is not modified. We encourage students with disabilities to visit the Center for Accessible Resources early in the term and put accommodations in place for their classes.
  • Students are responsible for discussing accommodation needs with their instructors, and the Center for Accessible Resources encourages students to develop self-advocacy skills.

Go to our “Transition Planning for High School Students with Disabilities page for more information.

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How do I request my accommodations?

Once you're set up with the Center for Accessible Resources, you can request your accommodations online for classes each term through our Online Accommodations Services. To get started with CAR, please see our “Applying for Services” page.

Contact the Center for Accessible Resources if you need assistance!

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Why would another student get different accommodations than me?

We work with each student individually to determine which accommodations are most useful—there are differences from student to student.

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

Adjustments in academic accommodations are common as the effects of disabilities may ebb and flow and because classes and learning environments change. Contact a Center for Accessible Resources Advisor to discuss any accommodations changes you may need to your Letter of Accommodation.

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Does Lane do diagnostic testing?

Lane does not conduct any diagnostic testing, but we can give you a list of resources in the community who do. The list is informational, not an endorsement of any particular tester. [NEED link to this PDF]

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Is there a cost for accommodations?

No. Students do not pay for disability accommodations.

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Does the Center for Accessible Resources assist students in getting to class?

The Center for Accessible Resources can assist students in identifying the most efficient routes around campus. Students needing personal assistance (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 as notetakers.

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

Was extended test time requested by the student? 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 Center for Accessible Resources office). Tests arranged through CAR must be requested online at least five (5) business days in advance. If students or instructors have questions or concerns about test accommodations, contact the Center for Accessible Resources and see our page on Test Accommodations. [link] [node to Test Accommodations] If you feel you did not receive any of your accommodations, contact our office immediately and we can work with you to create a plan of action.

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

Find information for dropping classes here and information about refunds here.

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 the Center for Accessible 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?

Establish communication with your instructor at the beginning of the term.

If you are not able to contact them, speak directly to your instructor at the beginning or end of class or during an office hour to ask for suggestions. If this is an online class, 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 the Center for Accessible Resources to meet with an advisor in order to discuss strategies.  If necessary, a CAR 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 Center for Accessible Resources Advisor.

To request this information in an alternate format (Braille, digital, audio, or large print), please contact Center for Accessible Resources: (541) 463-5150 (voice); 711 (relay); Building 1, 218; or accessibleresources@lanecc.edu.