Engaging Students with Disabilities

By Meghan Campbell, Staff Associate, UAAP

UAAP’s Student Disability Services (SDS) offers a wide arrange of accommodations, services, and programming on campus aimed at supporting students with disabilities. In an effort to connect students with different organizations and resources they can use beyond MIT, SDS hosted Lime Connect on October 16. Lime Connect is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of breaking stereotypes and helping companies realize the importance—and value—of employing people with disabilities.

Students met a representative from Lime Connect who talked about scholarships, professional development opportunities, and internships at companies such as Google, IBM, Bloomberg, and Goldman Sachs. Additionally, students participated in a discussion on the best way to disclose their disability during their job search, interview process, and employment. The session concluded with MIT scholarship recipients and campus ambassadors talking about their personal experiences working with Lime Connect and some of the world’s leading corporations.

On October 29, SDS hosted a study break in Maseeh Hall. Both undergraduate and graduate students took a break from their busy schedules to share a meal. First-year students and seasoned upperclassmen talked about their semester and offered helpful tips and reminders to one another. Students also shared stories about how they are learning to advocate for themselves in the fast-paced environment of MIT.

SDS LogoWith finals fast approaching, SDS will be hosting a Get Organized event in November to help students will be able to organize their assignments, demands, and priorities and develop study plans. The SDS staff will be there to offer some helpful tips and encouragement!