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The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) serves as a central point of information and coordination to ensure equal access and full participation for students with disabilities in all programs and activities at Smith College. Employee accommodations are coordinated by Human Resources.

Principles of Universal Design and Disability Justice 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; such a climate recognizes each person's multiple identities and values all diverse perspectives which contribute to a rich living and learning environment. Smith's commitment to providing support and services is balanced with a humanistic and developmental approach that requires student engagement and responsibility in the accommodation process.

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Office Announcements

Office Renaming

The Smith College Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), formerly The Office of Disability Services (ODS), has changed its name based on feedback collected in strategic planning focus groups with students, faculty, and staff across the college. The center maintains a strong focus on disability justice, while also acknowledging that some people with access needs do not identify as disabled. ARC has shifted the language to increase welcome and inclusivity for all who request accommodations. This change has become increasingly needed as the office has grown rapidly across time (from serving 9% of students in 2008 to 39% in 2023).

Our Staff

Appointments are highly recommended, as our staff are not generally available right away other than during designated open hours. For current open hour schedules, please view the scheduler links below or contact the office. You are also welcome to email us directly if times in the scheduler links do not work for you. 

Contact Accessibility Resource Center

College Hall 104
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Our office is generally open Monday–Friday. Please contact us for current hours, or to make an appointment.

Parking and Ramps
Accessible parking and a ramp with power-assist door are located at the rear of College Hall.