Office of Accessibility Resources and Services

The office of accessibility resources and services (OARS) strives to support students with disabilities holistically through relationship building, coaching, appropriate accommodations, and intentional referrals.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) is committed to full access for all students at Hampshire College and embraces the philosophy of social justice. Our office promotes the empowerment of people with disabilities and their full integration into campus life and the community. Direct services are provided for all types of disabilities. OARS also provides information and referral on issues of accessibility, helps to coordinate guest accommodations and provides training and staff development to the campus community.

THE PHILOSOPHY

OARS is charged with providing access to all that Hampshire has to offer for all of its students. Institutions of higher education must ensure that students with disabilities are able to: 

  • Independently acquire the same information;

  • Engage in the same interactions;

  • Enjoy the same benefits and services;

  • Within the same time frames as their non-disabled peers;

  • With substantially equivalent ease of use

Meeting with OARS

Register with OARS / Request Accommodations

This is a three step process that is further explained on our registration page

  1. Submit a self-report
  2. Submit supporting documentation
  3. Speak with an OARS staff member

Consultation Appointments

Any current or prospective Hampshire student, faculty, or staff member can meet with OARS staff to learn more about our supports and services.

These meetings are typically an hour and can be useful for (but not limited to) any of the following reasons:

  • For prospective and incoming students to learn about the transition to Hampshire as a new student.
  • Learn about requesting accommodations.
  • Request additional accommodations based on a new or previously disclosed disability.
  • Understand ways to support specific students/peers who seem to be struggling and/or get them connected with OARS.
  • How to seek a formal diagnosis if not yet diagnosed.
  • Options available for support without a formal diagnosis.
  • Interest in collaborating to enhance accessibility at Hampshire or throughout the Connecticut River Valley.

Coaching

Through our Holistic Learning Program, we create programming, resources, and work one on one with students with and without accommodations on everything from time management to mental and physical health. Our goal is to empower students if they are working through experiences of hardship, and to help them develop the skills they need to set goals and work towards a positive future. Schedule a consultation or come to drop-ins to learn more about coaching.

Schedule an Appointment

Meeting with OARS staff may be scheduled via email at oars@hampshire.edu, or by coming in person to the Lemelson Building.