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.
Quick Zoom Workshops from 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 (email@example.com) 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
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
Please note: Due to COVID-19, some day-to-day operations of the Office of Disability Services are being performed remotely. As such, all correspondence, forms and medical/educational documentation must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Accommodations & Services Request Form (Google Form)
SSW Accommodations & Services Request Form (Google Form)
Five College Off-Campus Accommodation Request Form (Google Form)
SSW Release of Information/Informed Consent Form (Google Form)
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.