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First-year students needing extra assistance in developing academic and personal skills for independence are offered the opportunity to participate in Advancing Student Success in Educational Transitions at Smith (ASSETS). ASSETS provides structured support for entering students with disabilities that impact learning, such as LD, ADD/ADHD, emotional or physical challenges, to smooth the initial transition from high school to college and to help them develop the independence, self-confidence and skills essentialfor academic success.


Submission of completed application form..

Program Goals

Program Components

Orientation Session

This session helps students with learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD and their parents understand how to enhance success in the Smith learning environment. It covers academic requirements and social expectations, Smith academic support and residential programs, disability services and accommodations at Smith, requirements for disability documentation, and student rights and responsibilities.


Student workshops will take place once a week for the first four weeks of the semester; the final one will be held in the last week of October. Workshops are led by the Office of Disability Services (ODS) Learning Specialist. Presenters may include class deans, disability services staff, learning specialists and representatives from relevant departments across the campus, as well as student mentors.

Individualized Consultation with Learning Specialist

Students will be scheduled for a one-hour individualized consultation with Smith's learning specialist to discuss learning challenges and strengths and identify areas to work on individually or through other Smith resources. Students participating in ASSETS will have priority in scheduling additional consultation sessions with the learning specialist.

Peer Mentor Relationships

Several Smith disabled students are available as mentors to new students with disabilities. Students participating in ASSETS will be given the option of connecting with a mentor who has a similar disability. The Disability Peer Mentors network brings students with various disabilities or significant health conditions together from time to time to share stories, socialize, offer mutual support and encourage creative solutions to academic and other problems.

More Information

For more information or to register, please contact the director of disability services.