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Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services works to ensure equal access and full participation for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities in all programs and activities at Smith College. Access to campus facilities and technology, individual accommodations and services, along with educational programming are addressed to help build an accessible and inclusive Smith College community.

Disability Services seeks to support students in developing skills, learning about resources, and gaining the confidence needed to maintain a balanced and independent lifestyle that is essential to meeting individual, career and life objectives. Smith's commitment to providing accommodations and services is balanced with a humanistic and developmental approach that requires student engagement and responsibiity in the accommodation process.

Approximately 415 undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities, about 15% of Smith students, are registered with the office. These student scholars are represented in all academic fields, many study abroad, work in jobs on and off campus, serve as campus leaders and are engaged at the national and international level in research, service, and scholarship of all kinds. Disabled students from across the nation and around the globe bring unique strengths, talents, creativity, and experiences that strengthens and enriches the diversity of the Smith academic and residential community.

 

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Convert Print to accessible Formats here!!!

Converting documents to digital or audio formats make them more accessible to students with visual impairments, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit, and anyone struggling with reading by creating equitable access for all learners. Use this site to quickly convert your scanned or existing electronic documents!

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Contact Us

Laura Rauscher, Disability Services Director and Jeannette Landrie, Disability Coordinator for Academic Access, have weekly drop in hours when anyone can stop in without an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (413) 585-2071 or by email to ODS@smith.edu.

Accommodate!! Online Accommodations Requests

Students may request accommodations and services via our new online request system or drop off the green accommodation request form at the ODS office in College Hall 104.

School for Social Work Students

Disability information for students from the School for Social Work is available here.

ASSETS Program

ASSETS provides structured support for entering students with Disabilities that impact learning (such as learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, mental health concerns, etc) to smooth the transition from high school to college and to help them develop the independence, self-confidence and skills necessary for academic success. The ASSETS brochure (PDF) includes a registration form.

ADA Quiz

Take our quiz (PDF) on rights and accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Weather Preparedness

Be prepared for inclement weather conditions, power outages and evacuations by creating a GO PACK.

Events and Meeting Access Guidelines

Events and Meeting Access Guidelines (PDF)