Welcome to the Office of Disability Services!
The Office of Disability Services works to ensuring equal access and full participation for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities in all programs and activities at Smith College. Promoting access to campus facilities, programs, and technology, providing individual accommodations and services, along with educational programming designed to build an accessible and inclusive campus community are all part of the essential work of our office. Principles of Universal Design guide us in our work as we strive to proactively identify and remove barriers to participation whenever possible.
Disability Services seeks to support students in developing skills, learning about resources, and gaining the confidence needed to maintain a balanced and independent lifestyle that is essential to meeting individual, career and life objectives. Smith's commitment to providing accommodations and services is balanced with a humanistic and developmental approach that requires student engagement and responsibiity in the accommodation process. We are also deeply committed to fostering community and connection among students with disabilities where self-knowledge, mutual understanding and support, mentoring, empowerment, and critical engagement around common challenges and solutions can blossom.
Approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities - about 20% of Smith students - receive services or support through the Office of Disability Services. These student scholars are represented in all academic fields, many study abroad, work in jobs on and off campus, serve as campus leaders and are engaged at the national and international level in research, service, and scholarship of all kinds. Three of our students recently earned Fullbright Fellowships!! Students specifically interested in scholarshiop around disability and its intersections with other identities and experiences will find a growing interest and two new courses in Disability Studies in the 2015/2016 academic year.
Disabled students come to Smith from neigboring towns, across the nation, and around the globe bring unique strengths, talents, creativity, and experience that strengthens and enriches the diversity of the Smith academic and residential community.
Laura Rauscher, Disability Services Director and Jeannette Landrie, Disability Coordinator for Academic Access, have weekly drop in hours when anyone can stop in without an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling Lisa Roberge at (413) 585-2071 or by email to ODS@smith.edu.
Convert Print to accessible Formats here!!!
Converting documents to digital or audio formats make them more accessible to students with visual impairments, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit, and anyone struggling with reading by creating equitable access for all learners. Use this site to quickly convert your scanned or existing electronic documents!
Photocopying and Scanning Guidelines for Creating Accessible Documents
Events and Meeting Access Guidelines
Smith Celebrates ADA 25!
July 26th, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act!!
Take our ADA Quiz and look for events throughout the year!!
Take our quiz (PDF) on rights and accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Upcoming event: Spoken Word Poet - Erin Schick - April 14th 8:00 CC Lounge.
School for Social Work Students
Information on access and support services for School for Social Work Students with disabilities is available here
ASSETS provides structured support for entering students with Disabilities that impact learning (such as learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, mental health concerns, etc) to smooth the transition from high school to college and to help them develop the independence, self-confidence and skills necessary for academic success. The ASSETS brochure (PDF) includes a registration form.
Study Abroad Information
One of the most rewarding Smith College experiences is spending a semester or a year abroad. Find answers and valuable resources here.
Be prepared for inclement weather conditions, power outages and evacuations by knowing your resources and creating a GO PACK.