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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

Disability Services


Disability Services

College Hall 104
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
413-585-2071 (voice, TTY, TDD) 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.

Important COVID-19 Information

For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.


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.

 Fall 2020 Big Picture Calendar

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 ( with questions.

Assistive Listening Devices

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

Assistive Listening Device Procedure

News and Events

Disability Activist Judy Huemann on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah!


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. Drop-in hours are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Laura Rauscher
413-585-2071 (voice, TTY, TDD)
Drop-in hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 3–4 p.m. (academic year)

Lisa Roberge
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 413-585-2071 (voice, TTY, TDD)
Fax: 413-585-4498

Jeanette Landrie
Coordinator for Academic Access


Please note: Due to COVID-19, day-to-day operations of the Office of Disability Services are being performed remotely. As such, all corresponence, forms and medical/educational documentation must be emailed to in order to ensure timely receipt.

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

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Save the form with your last name as a PDF file and email it to Lisa Roberge at 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.