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Office of Disability Support Services
Faculty Handbook

General Information


To be eligible for services and accommodations through ODSS, students are required to provide written verification of their disability. Students must provide appropriate documentation of a disability before services can be provided.  For further information on documentation and accommodations, click here

Diagnostic and Psychoeducational Assessments

Diagnostic testing to provide documentation of a disability is the student's responsibility. Testing is not provided by LCC. Students who are undiagnosed and contact ODSS are referred to appropriate resources in the community.  If you have medical insurance, contact your provider and see if testing is covered and if you need a referral to a specialist.

Suggested places to call for testing:
     1.  PAR Rehab Services - Robert J. Fabiano, PHD 

     2.  Comprehensive Psychological Services   517-337-2900


Self Disclosure

If a student requires an accommodation in the classroom or academic support services because of a disability, it is the student's responsibility to self disclose. Most students will access ODSS to assist them with their college education. However, some students will choose not to access the services. This is their right.

Referral to ODSS

Students with disabilities may not know that ODSS exists. It is appropriate for the instructor to refer the student to our office. If you suspect a student has a disability and would benefit from our support, please feel free to contact ODSS for assistance in approaching the student and making the referral. 

Reminder:  Refer students to ODSS statement on your department syllabus.


Common Misconceptions

  • All hearing impaired/deaf people can read lips.

  • All deaf people know sign language.

  • A student is high or drunk instead of experiencing side effects of medication.

  • All blind people read Braille.

  • If a student does well on a test or is one of the better students in class, he or she is faking their learning disability.

  • It is always obvious that a person has a disability.

  • Poor speech is an indication of low intelligence.


Some of the disabilities described in this handbook require medication for control of symptoms. If an instructor has questions about the potential effect of any medications on the student's academic performance, the student can probably provide the information. However, for confidentiality reasons, students always have the choice about what to disclose and what not disclose.

Often it is not the disability that requires accommodations rather the side effect of the medication. For example, a student may be taking medication to control seizures. The medication might cause an inability to concentrate, slowed speech, or glassy eyes. The student might need assistance with taking notes and possibly extended time on tests.


Fluctuation Symptoms

Several disabling conditions might fluctuate depending upon the day, the time of day, the weather and unknown reasons. As a result, flexibility in the type and frequency of an accommodation may be necessary.

Conditions that may result in marked fluctuations of behavior and performance include psychological disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder, Muscular Dystrophy, certain types of kidney problems that may necessitate dialysis, AIDS/HIV, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Lupus.

Considerations for Hidden Disabilities

There are many cases where a faculty member would have no immediate way of knowing that a student has a disability. For example, a student with diabetes, manic depression, or another chronic condition may deal with their disability every day but exhibit no clear symptoms during the class period. Learning disabilities are another common example of an invisible disability which may become clearer as the course proceeds.

Individuals do have the right to keep their disability confidential. For example, an epileptic student on medication may not expect or need any adaptation and may not mention his/her condition to the instructor. During a remission period a student with multiple sclerosis may not feel the need to mention the condition. These judgments are up to each student depending on their current situation. Sometimes, however, the student's condition will worsen during the semester and they will feel the need to disclose their disability. Faculty is also welcome to ask ODSS staff for information about how a type of disability may affect students? academic needs or performance.



Safety is a priority at Lansing Community College. The college is sensitive to the concerns and needs of students with disabilities.

Emergency procedures for persons with disabilities:

For more information contact LCC Public Safety at 483-1800.


Office of Disability Support Services at Lansing Community College

Disability Support Services
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1924
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