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for the spring 2021 semester.
In addition to the accommodations provided to students with documented disabilities by the Office of Disability Services, students are encouraged to use the following on-campus resources.
Assistive Technology Lab
The Assistive Technology Lab is managed by Educational Technology Services (ETS) and located in the basement of Seelye Hall room B-5. It is available 24 hours a day. The lab provides access to technology resources that support learning in a quiet setting. Students will find Kurzweil text-to-speech and writing software as well as Dragon Naturally Speaking voice to text software. Both Mac and PC platforms are available. Both platforms also include manufacturer's built-in software that serves these functions as well as other accessibility features.
Technology for Learning: If you would like to learn more about how these technologies could be applied to your learning needs, contact the Office of Disability Services at ODS@smith.edu.
Software Training: If you need information or assistance learning about the software available in the lab or how to use the accessibility features of your computer or laptop, please contact Joanne Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exam accommodations: Students needing computer access for exams should get approval though disability services and then contact Joanne Cannon at least a week in advance to make arrangements.
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning
The Jacobson Center, located in Seelye 307, offers a variety of services to help students develop skills in writing and effective learning. Jacobson Center staff make every effort to address the needs of students with learning disabilities. Writing counseling and peer subject tutoring are provided to all Smith students through the Jacobson Center.
Professional Writing Instructors
A staff of professional writing instrctors is available to review student drafts, point out strengths and weaknesses, listen to new ideas, and make suggestions for improvement. In the evenings and on weekends, the same services are provided by peer writing tutors stationed in the center and at other campus locations.
In the tutorial program, students seeking help with a particular subject taught at Smith are matched with student tutors who have done well in that subject and have been recommended by faculty members. All of these services are free and are used by substantial numbers of Smith undergraduates, ranging from first-year students taking their first college courses to seniors writing honors essays.
Time Management & Study Skills
The Jacobson Center also offers workshops and one-to-one sessions on time management, organization and academic study skills.
The Career Development Office
The Lazarus Center for Career Development (CDO) provides assistance to students, alumnae, Smith staff and faculty, and their families in preparing for changing career environments and climates. The CDO's professional staff offers counseling, both individually and in groups, and their services are available throughout the calendar year. They hold seminars, workshops and panel discussions that cover internships, career choice and decision-making, resumé writing, interviewing and job search techniques, alumnae networking, career presentations, applying to graduate and professional schools and for summer jobs.