About Our Office
SEAS coordinates and facilitates services for students (including graduate students and postdoctoral trainees), faculty, staff and visitors with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities.
Students (including graduate students and postdoctoral trainees), faculty or staff members who may need accommodations or services due to a disability or medical condition should contact Student and Employee 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, faculty and staff members with disabilities are provided by many offices of the University and are coordinated through SEAS.
The SEAS office is also available to meet with any student, faculty or staff member who may be wondering if they have a disability and seeking an evaluation or additional information to assist them.
Student and Employee 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: SEAS@brown.edu
Student and Employee Accessibility Services
20 Benevolent Street Box P
Providence, RI 02912
Catherine Axe '87
Associate Dean and Director
Originally from Michigan, Cathie first came to Brown as an undergraduate only to return in 2003 as director of SEAS (formerly Disability Support Services). Overseeing significant growth for the office, Cathie currently works with employees, graduate students, the Campus Access Advisory Committee, Commencement and serves as a Dean for Campus Life. She began her career at George Mason University in the early years of the ADA, followed by time at Northern Virginia Community College and American University where she worked as an LD/ADD specialist. Cathie earned a degree in Business Economics at Brown and an M.Ed. with a focus on Counseling and Development from George Mason. Cathie is an avid reader, a practitioner of Power Yoga, active in the RI recovery community, and loves spending time at home in the woods with her cat Agatha Christie (as well as her husband).
Originally from Boston, Desirae leads the SEAS housing accommodations process and works with students around a variety of accommodations. She collaborates with faculty, deans, CAPS, Health Services, and sits on multiple committees. She began her career at Suffolk University then onto Brandeis University to focus on disability services, accessibility and student success. With a passion for technology and policy, accessibility support became incredibly fulfilling. 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 has played roller derby for the Boston Derby Dames and competitively trains in martial arts.
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 SEAS Office (formerly DSS) 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 employees with disability related parking accommodations, connecting the Brown community to the SEAS 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.
A native Rhode Islander, Jon has been a staff member in SEAS since 2009. In SEAS, 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.
Assistant Director for Engagement
Originally from Columbia, MD, Sean joined SEAS in 2017. Within the office, some of Sean's responsibilities include working with first year students, managing SEAS programming and training initiatives, and overseeing office communication. 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!
Feedback for SEAS
We at SEAS 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 SEAS@brown.edu at any time with the subject line "SEAS Feedback: (specific topic)." We appreciate any time or effort taken to help us improve the work we do.