Student Accessibility Services
About Our Office
SAS coordinates and facilitates services for students (including graduate students) and visitors with medical, physical, psychological, and learning disabilities.
Students (including graduate students) who may need accommodations or services due to a disability or medical condition should contact Student Accessibility Services to discuss their needs and begin the registration process. Disability related requests for accommodations and services are evaluated individually, based on documentation and completion of the registration process.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, an individual with a disability is defined as a person who "has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities of such an individual; has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having an impairment." Services for students with disabilities are provided by many offices of the University and are coordinated through SAS.
The SAS office is also available to meet with any student who may be wondering if they have a disability and seeking an evaluation or additional information to assist them.
Student Accessibility Services at Brown University
Box P. 20 Benevolent St, Providence, RI 02912
Academic Year Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Summer Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
Phone Number: 401-863-9588
Email Address: [email protected]
Student Accessibility Services
20 Benevolent Street Box P
Providence, RI 02912
Teresita (Tere) Ramos serves as interim Director of Student Accessibility Services. Tere comes to Brown with deep and wide experience at the intersection of disability rights, ADA, education, and the law, most recently from her own legal practice. Prior to launching her own independent law practice, focused on representing clients from underrepresented communities in education litigation as well as consulting and training on disability and language access, Tere was an attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI). Prior to her work at the MLRI, Tere was awarded the nationally competitive Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the Disability Law Center in Boston where she provided representation on disability and special education focused on low income, immigrant Hispanic children with disabilities. Prior to embarking upon a career in disability law, Tere held student-facing roles at several institutions of higher education. She was the Director of Internships and Service Learning at Wellesley College, providing strategic and operational direction for over 60 internship and service learning programs around the world. She was the Latin America Director of the Creative and Innovative Economy Center at George Washington University Law School, managing the international business and government research policy programs with a focus on Latin America. She has also served as Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Integrative Experience, Country Director in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tere earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School where she received the Dean’s Award for Diversity and the Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award. She earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. cum laude in Romance Languages from Wellesley College. Tere was also awarded a Fellowship from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for its Multidisciplinary Program on Disability Studies. Originally from Puerto Rico, Tere is a native Spanish speaker.
Jennifer leads the Exams team and assists the team with the day-to-day workflow of accommodation requests. She has a dual BS degree from University of RI in Communications Disorders and Spanish, an MA from Salve Regina University in Rehabilitation Counseling, and is certified as a Rehabilitation Counselor. In prior roles, Jennifer served as an Accommodations Lab Assistant and later as a Disability Student Services Program Coordinator at Community College of Rhode Island. Additionally, for over nearly a decade Jennifer has been in the roles of Direct Support Professional and Job Coach Coordinator at a non-profit community agency supporting adults with differing abilities. Fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach and working on her house.
A native Rhode Islander, Jon has been a staff member in SEAS since 2009. In SAS, he conducts faculty training and assists students and employees with accommodations, alternate format materials and assistive technology. Jon received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. Previously, Jon was the coordinator for the Changing the Culture grant at the University of Rhode Island, coordinating disability training for faculty. Jon is a certified trainer in Kingian Nonviolence and enjoys helping students, faculty and staff to increase accessibility at Brown University.
Tara joined the team in 2018. She provides overall operational administrative and reception support to the SAS office. Serving as the central point of contact, she plays a critical role in cultivating an inclusive and welcoming campus community. In her role, Tara, assists students, faculty, staff and visitors with disability related inquiries and requests for accommodations and services. She registers applicants, schedules appointments to meet with a SAS member, and converts materials to accessible alternate format. Currently, Tara serves on the President's Staff Advisory Council (SAC) 2018-2019 at Brown, and is also pursuing her Associate Degree in Business at CCRI. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in the Brown community, cooking, and has a love for music and pop culture.
Assistant Director for Engagement
Originally from Columbia, MD, Sean joined SAS in 2017. Within the office, some of Sean's responsibilities include working with first year students, managing SAS programming and training initiatives, and overseeing the Campus Accessibility Adivsory Committee. Prior to Brown, he earned a BA, MA, and JD from Boston College. In his last year of law school, Sean worked at the U.S. Dept of Education Office for Civil Rights, focusing on cases involving disability rights regulation, race admissions standards in higher ed, and Title IX. While at BC Sean also served as a graduate assistant in the Thea Bowman AHANA & Intercultural Center, where he coordinated a weekend retreat on racial identity development. Sean proudly identifies as biracial, and loves basketball and anything nerd-related!
Erin is a RI native who has been at Brown for 25 years. She began in the Residential Life Office in 1992 and then joined the SAS Office in 2000. She received the Presidential Achievement Award for Service in 2001, the Campus Life Excellence Award for Service in 2012 and the Excellence Award for Diversity in 2016. Erin's responsibilities consist of scheduling ASL interpreting and CART for students, assisting with disability related parking accommodations, connecting the Brown community to the SAS shuttle, processing financials, note providing support and maintaining/updating our database. Erin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, listening to music and attending sporting events.
Originally from Boston, Desirae began her career at Suffolk University then onto Brandeis University with a focus on integrating technology and universal design to reshape the way we look at academic inclusion. With a passion for technology, case law and policy, she enjoys teaching and collaborating with folx who share an interest for supporting the intersectional needs of those who identify as having a disability. Desirae holds a B.S. in Business Management / Marketing Science and Information Technology from UMASS Boston and a M.Ed. in Administration in Higher Education from Suffolk University. Desirae is an artist, played roller derby for the Boston Derby Dames and used to competitively train in martial arts.
Jesús has been a longtime resident of Rhode Island. His educational background is: a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business, and a Doctorate in Leadership/Organizational Development. Throughout his life he has seen and experienced much oppression and discrimination due to the “disability” of not being able to hear. In his position at Brown he will have budgetary and managerial responsibilities and his collaboration and engagement with staff and students will be focused on maximizing opportunities for all members of the community. Accessibility, equity, and inclusivity will be the guiding principles of his efforts.
Feedback for SAS
We at SAS care about consistently supporting the Brown community around concerns and needs regarding accessibility. Throughout the year, new needs may arise or current concerns may change. We are dedicated to continuously working towards improving our services and hearing about what our community would like to see.
If at any point you have feedback for us or would like to address an issue with us, please feel free to email [email protected] at any time with the subject line "SAS Feedback: (specific topic)." We appreciate any time or effort taken to help us improve the work we do.