Where to Get More Help
There are several campus resources where you can learn more about disabilities and to which you can refer your students with disabilities.
Student and Employee Accessibility Services
20 Benevolent Street, Office of Student Life, (401) 863-9588 (V/TTY)
Student and Employee Accessibility Services coordinates services and accommodations for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students with disabilities provided by various University offices. In addition, SEAS provides support for students with disabilities in a number of ways. Students can be paired upon request with a mentor who is also a Brown student with a disability in order to help them adjust to college life. The SEAS Coordinator is available to meet with students regarding academic issues and may refer them to other campus resources. SEAS also sponsors study skills workshops and discussions focused on issues relevant to students with disabilities. Students may keep up with campus events and other news concerning disabilities through a weekly email newsletter generated by SEAS. Furthermore, Student and Employee Accessibility Services works individually with students to determine the necessary accommodations for academic success. Further information about services may be obtained by visiting the SEAS website.
Students who wish to receive accommodations on campus must first register with SEAS. This process involves a complete review by the SEAS Director of the student's documentation regarding her or his disability and a collaborative effort to determine which accommodations are needed. SEAS works with students to provide accommodations that meet the individual's needs. Types of accommodations and services that have been provided in the past include:
- Housing accommodations
- Limited daytime shuttle service between points on campus Access to an adaptive computer lab
- The option of taking a reduced course load with prorated tuition
- Alternative test administration
- Permission to tape record lectures
- Use of an interpreter during class
- Assistance in identifying a volunteer note-taker
- Use of the SEAS lending library
- Referral to outside resources
For faculty and staff, Student and Employee Accessibility Services can serve as an informational resource. SEAS has a large number of materials on disabilities that are available to you. The SEAS Coordinator can work with you in your effort to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in your classes. In addition, SEAS can direct you to other resources on campus to meet your needs and those of your students.