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Office for Students with Disabilities

We are here for you!

The Office for Students with Disabilities is available to serve students and the campus community during this challenging time. While our office is currently closed for all in-person and on-campus supports due to the health risks of COVID-19 (the virus impacting our world), we are still providing all services and functions in alternate formats.

The services provided to students have not changed. Students can request accommodations online, or schedule a meeting with OSD online to update accommodations and check-in with OSD. We are here to help with questions and concerns related to: course work, transitioning to online environment, assistive technology and technology use, communication support, and much more.

OSD can be reached via phone Monday-Friday from 8 am- 4:30 pm or by email anytime (responses within 2 days). We are also hosting daily drop-in hours via ZOOM (everyone has access, simply click the links below) web meeting:

Join Molly's Daily Zoom Drop-in Hour for STUDENTS – Monday- Friday from 10 am-11am
Join Molly's Daily Drop-in Hour for FACULTY & STAFF – Monday-Friday 1 pm-2 pm

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is committed to ensuring equal access to our facilities, services and academic programs for students with disabilities. The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) provides information and resources to support an environment that is accessible and inclusive for all individuals.

  • Getting Started

    As an Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Tech students, it is necessary to activate your StarID so you can access computers on campus, your email, your eServices and D2L (Desire 2 Learn).

    Follow this link for directions on how to get access to eServices, D2L and your college email.

    Follow this link for directions on How to set up your student Email.

    Office 365

    All Anoka-Ramsey Community college students have access to Office 365 where you can use popular programs such as Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint…

    Follow this link to go the ARCC Technology Page.

    Follow the directions on the Technology Page to set up Office 365 on your device.

    There are some programs that may require you to have additional software plug-ins to use them. If you are trying to run a program and it says that you need a plug-in such as Adobe Acrobat Reader:

    Follow this link to get access to additional plug-ins such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave Player.

    Zoom

    All Anoka-Ramsey Community College students have a zoom account.

    Go to https://minnstate.zoom.us/

    When logging into you zoom account you use your Star ID and Password.

    For Zoom Video Tutorials click this link. 

    Follow this link for a PDF of tips for participating in Zoom meetings.

    Follow this link for a PDF on How to get to Zoom if you cannot not download the Zoom Client App

    Bookings

    You can book an appointment with many of the services provided by ARCC by using the Microsoft Bookings App.

    Follow this link for a PDF on how to Book and manage an appointment in Microsoft Bookings.

    Tutoring

    All Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students have access to free tutoring. Tutoring has been moved to an online environment and can be utilized by booking an appointment.

    Follow this link to book an online tutoring session with a professional tutor or a drop-in peer tutoring session.

    ARCC students will continue to have access to Tutor.com tutoring services 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. A link to Tutor.com is in every D2L Brightspace homepage. All students have 15 hours paid for by the system office.

    Other Resources

    Minnesota State ASA Newsletter:
    Minnesota State Student Technology Help

  • In the spirit of service and with a student centric approach, the Office for Students with Disabilities provides equitable access to learning. We advocate with, and for, our students – engaging the campus community to cultivate a climate of inclusion and promoting the creation of a socially just educational system in which diversity of experience, identities and needs are valued and supported – continually empowering individuals to achieve their goals.

  • Students seeking accommodations must self-disclose the nature of their disability to OSD. We serve currently enrolled students (including PSEO and concurrently enrolled) who experience barriers in school settings.

    The following are just a few examples of conditions that might impact learning:

    • Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, etc.
    • Learning Disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, reading or math, etc.)
    • ADD/ADHD
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Blind, vision loss, vision impairments
    • Deaf, deafness, hearing loss
    • Physical Disabilities
    • Brain Injuries (TBI, concussion, etc.)
    • Severe Allergies (food, environmental)
    • Chronic Health Conditions (diabetes, cancers, autoimmune disorders, etc.)
    • Other conditions that lead to disability

    We welcome anyone interested in exploring their own experience with disability to stop by our office, schedule a meeting, call or email disabilityservices@anokaramsey.edu with thoughts or questions at their convenience.

    The Office for Students with Disabilities serves as an advocate for students, faculty and staff, working to advance inclusion and equity on our campus. Please contact us with your questions, comments or concerns regarding accessibility.

  • Accommodations are determined on an individual basis through an interactive request process and conversations between the student and OSD coordinator. The following are just a few examples of accommodations:

    • Extra testing time in a quiet room
    • Note-taking
    • Priority registration
    • Assistive technology
    • Adaptive equipment (chairs, desks, etc.)

    Learn More About Accommodations

  • Individuals experiencing disability-related barriers at Anoka-Ramsey Community College are encouraged to work with our office to receive accommodations and support services.

    1.  Submit an Accommodation Request

    2. Attach disability-related documentation to the Accommodation Request.

    3. Requests will be reviewed by OSD staff and you will be contacted to either, schedule an intake appointment with the OSD coordinator, or to request additional information needed to complete your request.

    4. Meet with OSD Coordinator to discuss reasonable and appropriate accommodations for access to your education (plan for a 1-hour appointment).

    Documentation Guidance

    Documentation must come from a qualified professional and should:

    • Include diagnosis
    • In most cases, reflect an adult level of functioning

    Other helpful details might include or address:

    • How diagnosis constitutes a disability
    • Impairment of major life activities
    • Functional limitations
    • Temporary or permanent disability
    • Recommendations for accommodations

    Examples of helpful documentation:

    • Evaluation Report from high school (or most recent available)
    • Psychological or Neuropsychological evaluations
    • Letter from a qualified professional
    • Medical chart or history
    • OSD Documentation Form (completed by a qualified professional)

    *Please note: students may be asked to provide updated and/or relevant documentation

    Additional information

    Physical Request forms are available upon request by contacting disabilityservices@anokaramsey.edu or visiting Anoka-Ramsey Community College's Coon Rapids Campus, office L122.

    Physical request forms and documentation can be submitted to OSD:

    In person: Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids, Office L122

    By mail: Attn: OSD, 11200, Mississippi Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

    Fax: 763-433-1521

    *Providers (physicians, psychologists, counselors, etc.) may also submit disability-related documentation directly to OSD

  • Office for Students with Disabilities Staff

    (from left to right) Kelly Torok-Linder, Molly Tast and Jaimie Lopez

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