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.
The Access Van is now operated out of Campus Safety. The service will start on September 6 and currently runs Monday-Friday 8am-6pm. Please email Zachary Parker-Mayforth to request or schedule rides:
Quick Zoom Workshops from Dr. John Body:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
In our COVID-19 efforts we want to clearly acknowledge there are students, staff, and faculty with immune disorders, disabilities, or other health conditions who will continue to live with greater risk for the foreseeable future. Additionally, we know that some communities face health inequities that place them at increased risk.
As an inclusive community, the needs of the most impacted individuals must be understood and considered in our planning decisions. From that perspective, we can strive to remain a healthy and welcoming community for all and sustain a culture of care.
We are committed to exploring accommodations and alternative strategies where possible and necessary, and to finding individualized solutions wherever it is reasonable and efficacious to do so, in order to safely care for all members of our community.
Please use this resource page to learn more about the support available on and off campus:
Smith College Office of Disability Services - academic and other accommodations for high-risk students and those experiencing long COVID symptoms.
Smith College Schacht Center - strategies for wellness, COVID-19 related medical care/consultations, and referrals to community resources.
Smith Class Deans Office - medical leaves and academic support.
Smith College Ombud - support for faculty and staff.
Smith College Human Resources - for employees’ questions and accommodations.
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.
Coordinator for Academic Access
To register with our office, please begin the process by completing the Disability Identification Form in Workday. Here are the instructions:
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.
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:
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.
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.