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Accessibility Compliance Center & Education Support Services

ACCESS (Disability Services)

Summer Session Hours 

The ACCESS Offices will have virtual hours on Fridays beginning May 13 through the end of the summer session.  ACCESS staff will be available virtually on these Fridays by phone and email.  Regular on-site hours Monday-Thursday will continue throughout the summer.     

New Summer Semester 2022   

The Oakland Community College ACCESS Offices have implemented a new accommodation management platform called Accommodate.  All enrolled students requesting ACCESS Services must create an Accommodate account:

New to Accomnidate

Students who already have an Accommodate account and wish to request accommodations for another semester:

Returning to Accommodate

If needed, you can follow these step-by-step instructions.

Note:  Students who are currently receiving accommodations through and OCC ACCESS Office do not need to re-submit documentation of their disability.  New students must submit documentation before receiving accommodation services.

The Accessibility Compliance Center & Education Support Services (ACCESS) program is designed to provide accommodations and services to students with a documented disability diagnosed by a qualified, licensed professional as required by the postsecondary students with disabilities component of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Prospective Students

Students who are not yet admitted, still in high school, or have questions before formally connecting with our office can schedule an appointment at which they can learn more about ACCESS’ process, explore accommodations in higher education, and Disability-related documentation needs. 

Temporary Accommodations 

Students with temporary injuries (such as a broken limb, concussion, or surgery recovery) can receive services through ACCESS on a temporary basis. Coordinators will discuss any documentation needs. In some situations, provisional accommodations may be appropriate and are typically approved for 1 semester, and may later be approved on a permanent basis as necessary. 

Online Reading Resources

Students interested in exploring text-to-speech for online class materials may want to try Natural Reader and those who are blind or low-vision interested in exploring screen-reading software may want to try NVDA.

Hearing Impaired

For the hearing impaired, use Michigan Relay at 800.649.3777

Online Courses 

Students enrolled in online courses who are unable to come to campus may confidentially exchange information with the ACCESS Office through an OCC email account or by phone. 

Students who enroll in online courses are responsible for obtaining technology that will allow them to access the online learning management system and resources. 

D2L, the online learning management system used by OCC, has a number of built-in accommodations for timed tests, assignments, and online forums.

Contact the ACCESS office for information about electronic and audio versions of textbooks and supplementary materials.  
Students with disabilities enrolled in online courses interested in online ACCESS tutoring should contact the ACCESS Office.

Student Rights & Responsibilities - Classroom Accommodations

The College provides reasonable academic accommodations for students who have followed the procedure for disclosing and appropriately documenting their disability, in compliance with State and Federal regulations.

In order to receive classroom accommodations at Oakland Community College, students must:

  • Provide current documentation that cites an active diagnosis and functional limitations for classroom and academic work.
  • Request accommodations through ACCESS each semester after registering for classes. Disability accommodations are not retroactive. They are provided from the date they are approved and communicated by ACCESS to faculty through the Notification of Accommodations process.
  • Alert the ACCESS Office if a schedule change occurs after enacting that semester’s accommodations.
  • Fulfill the objectives and requirements for each class, including attendance, notetaking (if possible), abiding by due dates and adhering to the OCC Student Code of Conduct.
  • Discuss approved accommodation arrangements with instructors. Schedule testing accommodation appointments with ACCESS at least two (2) business days in advance of each exam. If using a reader or scribe, schedule testing appointments at least one (1) week before the exam.
  • Inform the ACCESS Office if approved accommodations are not being met in the classroom.

NOTE

  • The College may request additional or updated documentation in order to provide accommodations or services.
  • The College honors the confidentiality of student records, including disability documentation, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • The College is committed to timely delivery of approved accommodations notification to faculty.
  • Only disability accommodations approved by the Oakland Community College ACCESS office will be provided in OCC classes.
  • The College will not discriminate against any student regardless of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin as required by state and federal laws.
  • Accommodations are assigned on a case-by-case basis. 

While we can strategize with all potentially-eligible students for academic success and provide internal and external referrals as appropriate, Limited English Proficiency does not constitute a disability. 

OCC does not provide personal assistants.

The Americans with Disabilities Act supports that all students meet the technical standards, or functional requirements, of their academic program.  Therefore, lab parameters that constitute essential components of the program of study, and lab parameters concerning safety, will be upheld.

How to Select an OCC ACCESS Office

Oakland Community College has an ACCESS office on each of our five campuses.  Your accommodations account will be based at just one of the campuses in order to provide continuity of care and additional security of your disability services files.  You can take classes at any of the campuses, and your chosen ACCESS office will manage your accommodations for classes throughout the college. 

Some students base their choice on the location of the campus and will choose the ACCESS office closest to where they live or work.  Others might base it at where they expect to take the majority of their classes.  

Some of OCC’s academic programs, upon officially entering the program, will require that you base your account at a particular campus; for example, students who are admitted to the Nursing program will have their file administered at the Highland Lakes ACCESS office.  You can start your ACCESS file at any campus you choose, and later, when you officially enter a program, your account can be transferred.
If you are already working with an ACCESS office, continue to work with that office.  

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