Getting Set to Succeed

Onondaga Community College Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) 

1. Apply to OCC

Submit the OCC application for acceptance. 

2. Documentation of Disability

Submit this to OAR as soon as possible after you have been accepted, especially if you have any disability campus housing requests. OAR has the right to ask for additional information. The student must be accepted into campus housing before accommodations are considered. If you have any documentation questions or problems contact DSO. You will then get a OAR intake letter. 

3. Accuplacer

If your disability documentation is sufficient, OAR will notify Testing Services with your approved accommodations. Testing Services will schedule a testing date. (Testing Services – 315-498-2484). Accuplacer is the college’s placement test for Mathematics, English and Reading. It is strongly encouraged you use all testing accommodations for Accuplacer.

4. Funding

Contact other funding sources or outside agencies such as ACCES/VR, The Commission for the Blind, and Veteran Affairs and tell them you plan to attend OCC. They may require completion of the federal financial aid form. OCC Financial Aide Office offers training workshops. (If interested contact 498-2291 for schedule) 

5. OAR Intake

Follow the OCC “New Student” checklist. The OAR intake letter will instruct you to setup your pre-advisement training as well as your OAR intake. 

6. OAR Services

The OAR intake appointment will explain the differences between high school and college. Your college accommodations will be developed and the processes for their use.

No services other than testing are put in place until the intake is complete. The information you provide is confidential.   

The OAR intake form is downloadable from the OCC website as well as answers to “Frequently asked Questions.”  

7. Health Insurance

If you have a medical condition and are covered under your parent’s health insurance, call them to make sure your coverage will be maintained and check on any stipulations the insurer may have.

8. Medications

If you will be living on campus and take regular medication practice this independently. Do not share your medication with other students, keep it privately in a lock box.

Check with the OAR office about workshops currently being offered