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Disability Services

Contact

Disability Services

College Hall 104
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
413-585-2071 
ods@smith.edu or “disability services” in Gmail

All communication with ODS is confidential.

Office Hours
8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday

Parking and Ramps
Accessible parking and a ramp with power-assist door are located at the rear of College Hall.

Sign language

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) serves as a central point of information and coordination to ensure equal access and full participation for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities in all programs and activities at Smith College. Principles of Universal Design guide us in our work as we strive to proactively identify and remove barriers to participation wherever possible. We also strive to promote a disability positive and inclusive climate at Smith that recognizes each person’s identity and values the diverse perspectives that contribute to a multicultural living and learning environment.

Resources

Submit Disability Identification Request

Documentation Standards

Quick Zoom Workshops from Dr. John Body:

Time Management

Reading Strategies

Campus Map

View the Smith College interactive campus map, showing accessibility access.

Create Accessible Documents

Use Robobraille to quickly convert your scanned or existing electronic documents. The success of this conversion depends upon the quality of the original document. 

Make Your Event Accessible

Event organizers should ensure accessibility for people with disabilities at all Smith meetings, events and functions unless there is a specific reason that it cannot be provided or arranged. Contact the Office of Disability Services (ods@smith.edu) with questions.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices must be made available in any space that requires amplification. Please review the guidelines below. 

News and Events

 

 


Our Staff

Students, staff, faculty and visitors to Smith who have a disability or might be experiencing difficulties that could be related to a disabling condition should contact the Office of Disability Services to set up a meeting.

Students and visitors are welcome to drop in to the office, but appointments are highly recommended. 

Laura Rauscher

Director
413-585-2071
​lrausche@smith.edu

Lisa Roberge

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 413-585-2071 
Fax: 413-585-4498
lroberge@smith.edu

Jeanette Landrie

Coordinator for Academic Access
jlandrie@smith.edu


Forms

New Students

To register with our office, please begin the process by completing the Disability Identification Form in Workday. Here are the instructions:

Submit Disability Identification Request

If you have been newly accepted and plan to enroll at Smith, please make every effort to contact our office well before you arrive on campus. Without sufficient advance notification and proper documentation, we may not be able to meet your requests or there may be delays.

Important Deadlines:

Housing accommodation requests must be submitted with appropriate documentation of a diagnosed disability no later than June 1. Please direct your care provider to our documentation guidelines:

Documentation Standards

While there is no deadline to submit a request for academic accommodations, so as to have your accommodation letter in hand prior to the first day of classes, please plan to meet with a member of our staff over the summer. 

  • Contact us directly to discuss what accommodations and services will be provided. Be aware that housing accommodation requests received past the June 1 deadline may not be able to be met. Please call us by the end of June if you need supports such as sign language interpreters, alternative print materials, etc., so that the appropriate services are in place when you arrive in the fall. Early registration may be arranged if necessary to facilitate this process.

Returning Students

Please be in touch with our office if you need to make any changes to your existing accommodations. If you do not need to make any changes to your accommodations, you do not need to complete any forms with our office.