Exciting Changes in Student Disabilities Services

Published in MIT News on Aug 15. 2012

Student Disabilities Services Staff. From left to right: Associate Dean Kathleen Monagle, Staff Associate Kara Brown and Administrative Assistant Sheila Barnard. Student Disabilities Services (SDS) has moved to 5-104. As one of the suite of programs and services provided by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) to support the academic success and personal development of students, SDS ensures students with disabilities have equal access to all MIT programs, activities and services. The office is being co-located with Student Support Services (S3) in 5-104, allowing for even greater collaboration between these teams who work very closely in the service of students.

Julie Norman, senior associate dean and director of the UAAP, noted,

"The co-location of these two high-performing teams, SDS and S3, creates a synergy, characterizing the commitment of UAAP staff to support the success of the students whom we serve."

SDS has expanded its staff with the addition of Kara Brown, who will not only work directly with students with disabilities, but also advise freshmen and develop responsive programming. Brown is a recent graduate of Boston College with a master's degree in counseling psychology.

SDS serves both undergraduate and graduate students with learning, physical and psychiatric disabilities. The program employs a unique service delivery model, with liaisons in every academic department across the Institute who provide invaluable assistance with the implementation of academic accommodations. Staff also work with Institute partners in providing accommodations related to housing, facilities and electronic learning environments. SDS staff assist students from initial inquiry and Campus Preview Weekend events through graduation and transition to post-MIT life.

Please stop by 5-104, right off Lobby 7, and visit our new location.