Simmons College is committed to ensuring that students with documented disabilities have equal access to college programs, services and activities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008 protect otherwise qualified individuals from discrimination on the basis of their disabilities. Both acts protect the following persons: those who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, those who have a record of impairment, or anyone who is regarded as having an impairment.
At Simmons, students with documented disabilities are encouraged to register with the Office of Disability Services early in their academic career in order to receive reasonable accommodations. To register with the Office of Disability Services, students must first schedule an intake appointment with a Disability Services staff member. At that time, students may submit current medical documentation from a qualified clinician or healthcare professional noting the severity of the student's disability, the impact of the disability, and its relation to the recommended accommodations. The Disability Services team will review the documentation and determine reasonable accommodations. For more information regarding documentation, visit the Office of Disability Services.
During the first two weeks of each semester, students registered with the Office of Disability Services are encouraged to meet with a staff member to discuss accommodations for their courses. At this meeting, letters will be completed to inform professors of the approved accommodations students have requested in their course. Students are encouraged to meet with their professors, review the accommodation letter, and discuss the implementation. Professors are encouraged to direct questions regarding accommodations to the Office of Disability Services.
The Office of Disability Services serves as an advocate for students with disabilities as well as a resource for the Simmons Community. The Office of Disability Services is located in the Palace Road Building — Room 304 in the Center for Academic Achievement. To contact our office, please call 617-521-2474.