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 multiple identities and values the diverse perspectives that contribute to a multicultural living and learning environment. Smith’s commitment to providing support and services is balanced with a humanistic and developmental approach that requires student engagement and responsibility in the accommodation process.
Empowered Voices Open House
View the Smith College interactive campus map, showing accessibility access.
Create Accessible Documents
Use Robobraille to quickly convert your scanned or existing electronic documents.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
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. Drop-in hours are on a first-come, first-served basis.
413-585-2071 (voice, TTY, TDD)
Drop-in hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 2:30–4 p.m. (academic year)
Phone: 413-585-2071 (voice, TTY, TDD)
Coordinator for Academic Access
Drop-in hours: Thursday, 2–4 p.m. (academic year)
If you are a student who would like to register at the Office of Disability Services, either because you have a disability or because you would like to be a notetaker, there are specific forms you will need to fill out.
Instructions for Fillable PDFs
- Download the specific form you need and save it to your desktop or in a folder on your computer (it may be easier for you to create a folder called "ODSForms" and just add the new forms to your folder every semester).
- Using Adobe Acrobat, fill in the fields with the appropriate information. You should be able to simply click into each field and type. Some fields are checkboxes and you simply need to click them. Please fill out all fields.
- Save the form with your last name as a PDF file and email it to Lisa Roberge at email@example.com with the subject "form." It may be helpful for you to save it as something more descriptive for your own files, such as LastName_Semester_Year_FormName so you do not confuse the forms or accidentally send in an old form.