A brief list of offices and services that the office of accessibility resources and services (OARS) collaborates with across the Hampshire Campus, through the Five Colleges, and in the Pioneer Valley.
OARS works closely with CASA deans to support students through their academic programs. Both offices are located in Lemelson and share a front desk for easy scheduling with staff of either department. CASA hosts workshops throughout the year on planning your divisional requirements and finding committee members, and can answer questions about your courses, tutorial section, divisional requirements, and general academic advising matters throughout the year.
Many students at Hampshire work directly with Bon Apetit chefs and a registered dietitian to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. Supporting most dietary needs does not require formal accommodation. Our dietitian is a member of the Housing Accommodation Review Committee and works with OARS and students to ensure accommodation needs are met within the dining hall or can explore whether a meal plan modification or housing placement is also appropriate. To request formal dining-related accommodation, please visit our housing accommodation page.
OARS works closely with health and counseling staff in a number of capacities to support students throughout the academic year through referral between offices. When a student requests, health and counseling staff will consult with OARS about the implementation of academic strategies and accommodations, based on their experience working with a student, but are not always in the position to provide formal supporting documentation. In such cases referrals to off-campus professionals are available.
Students can learn about how to fill prescriptions and can seek referral for evaluations through the Health Center as well as how their medical and mental health counseling needs can be met through work with Heath and Counseling Services.
Health and counseling staff also support the Housing Accommodation Review Committee.
It is critical that anyone and everyone who wants to access the information technology used here at Hampshire is able to do so equally, regardless of any disability they may have. Ensuring that our technology is universally accessible to everyone is the right thing to do, and also the law. In order to make this happen, we have an IT Accessibility Policy that outlines the steps we are taking to ensure that all users have that access.
The Knowledge Commons is a Mellon Foundation, grant-funded initiative to bring student-centered, academic resources into one location for easy access. OARS collaborates with many partner academic programs through the Knowledge Commons, located in the Library. Please navigate to the Knowledge Commons site or visit them in the Airport Lounge to learn more. Partner Programs include:
Approximately 40% of students working with OARS qualify for housing-based accommodations through the housing accommodation process.OARS works with housing operations office (HOO) staff to meet housing-based accommodation needs during the winter (transfer students), spring (returning students), and summer (first-year and transfer students) placement processes or throughout the year as needs arise.
OARS also works with area coordinators (AC's) and resident assistants (RA's) to resolve disability-related issues that may arise* or as part of residence life programs. If you would like your floor or mod to engage in a program related to accessibility and disability, ask your RA or AC to contact OARS to set one up.
*Students are strongly encouraged to work with their roommates to complete a roommate agreement, provided by their RAs, at the start of the semester or year. Many concerns about conflicting schedules, use of shared space, and other interpersonal matters can and should be addressed at this time. Many issues are resolved with proactive conversation between roommates. The roommate agreement document should serve as a reminder of the agreement and should be revisited and changed as roommates get to know one another. RAs are available to support this dialogue.
Accessible parking is located throughout campus. Students in need of accessible parking should refer to the campus map for exact locations and to the parking policies in the handbook to learn about using their placard. Students in need of temporary accessible parking due to a short-term disability can request accessible parking accommodations through OARS and campus police will provide a temporary accessible parking placard.
All students can do something to improve their writing. The Writing Center is an excellent resource to address everything that impacts your writing; organization of your writing process, writing mechanics, thesis development, and more. Many students who work with OARS have reported that working with the professional staff and alumni fellows in the Writing Center provides an invaluable resource. See their web page about information for scheduling appointments and drop-in sessions.
Many students at Hampshire who utilize accommodations can also access them throughout the Five Colleges. Please let us know that you are taking a Five College course when you pick up your accommodation letters to learn more about transferring your accommodations. Below are the links to the four other offices in the consortium.
For students taking courses at Hampshire from other consortium schools, please review our Five College Accommodation Page