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Welcome to AccessAbility Services!

AccessAbility Services (Formerly known as Disability Services) was established to facilitate equal access for students with disabilities to all programs and activities at Mount Holyoke College. Our goal is to focus on the access of the college and the ability of each student. The efforts of AccessAbility Services are part of the college’s overall commitment to diversity.

AccessAbility Services coordinates and provides accommodations and support services to students with all types of disabilities. Over 400 students with documented disabilities are registered with the office. Mount Holyoke College appreciates that everyone is unique; therefore, each student who registers with AccessAbility Services is considered on a case by case basis. Our goal is to provide appropriate and necessary accommodations and services while supporting each student in developing the skills to lead an independent life.

Under the umbrella of Student Affairs, AccessAbility Services collaborates with all departments of the college to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to campus programs. AccessAbility Services can provide professional development to academic and administrative departments and engages in proactive institutional planning to ensure that the college is meeting the diverse needs of the student body. We welcome feedback, suggestions, and volunteer support.

AccessAbility Services is available to provide the college faculty with clear, practical information about teaching students with disabilities. We can provide you with information about disability laws, an explanation of your rights and responsibilities as faculty, the types of services and accommodations available at Mount Holyoke College, the policies and procedures that students must follow in order to receive accommodations, as well as strategies for teaching students with particular disabilities. We are also available to provide consultation to individuals and professional development to departments on Universal Design in Education, which is an approach to creating an inclusive classroom environment that meets the needs of students with diverse learning styles. Please do not hesitate to call AccessAbility Services with your questions. We are here to support you in your efforts to make your classroom accessible.