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Emergency Preparedness - Creating a GO PACK

The last of the fall leaves will signal the beginning of the winter and flu season in New England. Bad weather can bring unpredictable circumstances and we all need to be prepared, especially in case of evacuation. If you have a disability and think there is a possibility that you might need some type of assistance during or after evacuation (such as difficulty with stairs, intolerance of cold, needing medications, panic in an emergency, etc.) please contact ODS to talk about a plan for the assistance you will need. It is also advised that you talk to your HR, your Area Coordinator, or other Res. Life staff members so they know about your concerns. Make sure to participate in fire drills and other emergency drills so you know what to expect and can take steps to be prepared.

Many experts suggest creating a "GO PACK" that is tailored to your needs for an emergency. Get a bag or backpack, put the essentials you'll need in it and keep it by the door. What goes in the bag is different for each person, but it remains in that spot permanently - ready for the time when you need it. Then you can relax and know that you are prepared to get up and go.

Hopefully, the only thing you will ever encounter at Smith is a false alarm, but it's good to be prepared in case you have to evacuate for a longer time due to a power outage. Think of what essentials you'd need or want to have if you had to leave for an hour, a day, or even a few days.

You might need things like:

  • a small supply of essential medications,
  • warm socks,
  • hat and gloves
  • a scarf,
  • a small umbrella,
  • snacks,
  • a change of clothes,
  • an extra set of keys,
  • money
  • comfort items

Some people put copies of important documents, Copies of credit and medical insurance cards, a list of medications, and doctor contact information, etc. in an envelope to add to the GO PACK in case they have to evacuate for longer than a few minutes or hours. There are many resources on the web about preparing for an emergency as a person with a disability, health, or mental health concerns.

You may also want to let your faculty know of any concerns about evacuation in case there is an emergency when you are in class. Check out the evacuation routes and safe areas in each building so you will calmly know where to go if an emergency should arise.

If you would like Campus Police to have your name, house, and room number in advance so they can be aware in an emergency situation, let ODS know.

Call Laura Rauscher (x2071) if you have other concerns or want to talk through a plan for your individual needs.

Links to more information on GO PACKS:

National Organization on Disability - Preparedness

Grab n Go Pack - People with Disabilities


Welcome our new Learning Specialist!

Jeannette Landrie - Coordinator for Academic Access

Jeannette Claire Landrie joined the Office of Disability Services at Smith College in 2014, as the Coordinator for Academic Access. Jeannette comes to Smith with a diverse background in education, counseling and the arts. From 2012 to 2013 Jeannette worked as a Learning Specialist and Academic Adviser at Lasell College with students deemed “at risk”.

Jeannette graduated with a B.A. in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University and worked as medical photographer at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. While there, she began an MFA program at the University of Hartford and produced the “Hybrid” series, which combined images of radiographs and plants.

In 1998 she was awarded a national fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography. In 2000, her work was included in the book "Black and White photography: Manifest Visions / An International Collection” by James Luciana.

Her photography is in the permanent collection of the Springfield Museums and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Jeannette developed an interest in special education after she herself was diagnosed with learning disabilities. Jeannette saw many parallels between learning disabilities and the arts; she transferred to Curry College to study post-secondary special education, where she received her Master of Education. Jeannette served as a professor for Curry's renowned Program for Advancement of Learning - the first program in the country to address the needs of college students with learning disabilities. In this role, Jeannette worked with a wide variety of students and gained competence in educational therapy and diagnostic testing.

After traveling to China to adopt her daughter in 2005, Jeannette co-introduced the Asian Studies minor at Curry College. In 2010 Jeannette was awarded a grant to develop a Chinese Language Charter School. In 2012 Curry College's PAL program celebrated its 40th anniversary and published the book "Changing Lives through Metacognitive Relationships: LD/ADHD and College Success," which included two chapters Jeannette co-authored: "From High School to College: Preparing Students with LD/ADHD" and "Metacognition and Mandarin."

Jeannette also contributed an article to the "Autism Notebook" on transitioning to college. She has professional memberships in the Association for Higher Education and Disability, the International Dyslexia Association, the Learning Disabilities Association of America and New England Asperger's Associations. Her research interests continue to focus on Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mental Illness and their relationship with the Arts. Jeannette plans in the future to pursue doctoral work in counseling adults on the Autism Spectrum.




We are so excited for our graduating seniors!! We know that you will go on to do so many great things! Below is a link to a PDF with resources for graduating seniors. It gives you detailed information about job searches, applications, disclosure, health insurance, etc.

Resource Guide for Graduating Seniors


Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College and Graduate Students with Disabilities

This program offers paid summer internships at many of America's leading corporations. These companies are members of the National Business & Disability council (www.nbdc.com) and are proactive in recruiting qualified people with disabilities.

To be considered for an internship, a student must be enrolled in the fall as an undergraduate or graduate students and have at least a 2.5 GPA and 60 credits.

More information regarding student criteria can be found on the website at www.emerging-leaders.com.