Programs and Services Offered by Disability Services:
- Disability Counseling
- Assistive Technology
- Outreach, Advocacy, & Training
- Disability Panel
- Disability Awareness Day
- Preview Orientation
Services Offered by others at Meredith College:
- Learning Center
- Academic and Career Planning
- Support Groups
- 23+ Program
- Commuter Life & Diversity Programs
- Dean of Students
Programs and Services Offered by Disability Services:
The Counseling Center/Disability Services offers counseling to all students that is free and confidential. Sometimes students with disabilities, like many other students, have difficulty coping with the challenges that come with being a college student. Disability counseling is available in order to provide support and offer an avenue for students to process their emotions.
Disability Services staff are available to assist a student in advocacy when her attempts have not been as successful as she would have liked. We welcome meeting with students to discuss strategies to make her interactions with faculty and staff more successful. We are also available to meet with students with faculty/staff as a means of facilitating communication and understanding.
The Disability Support Organization (DSO), a student-led organization for student with disabilities, has devised a mentorship program in which a student can be paired with another student with a disability who will serve as her mentor. This helps students with self-advocacy and other concerns that may arise.
In addition, Disability Services will make every effort possible to pair students who may have similar interests or disabilities together, when requested. Confidentiality laws make this process somewhat difficult, but we are glad to connect students to one another once the student has given us permission to do so.
Disability Services provides Assistive Technology (AT) to qualified students. Assistive technology (AT) is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies.
Disability Services provides Reading Technology, sometimes called text to speech software, to our students. Disability Services offers many options for students who want or require their texts in an audio format. This software is useful for students with and without disabilities as it proves to enhance comprehension of any print material required for class. This concept is referred to as Universal Design. Learn more by visiting our Reading Technology page.
Learning Technology Lab
Disability Services is home to the Learning Technology Lab (LTL) in 213 Carroll Hall, a computer lab that houses Reading Technology. There are six computers and the lab is available for use by the entire Meredith community. It is currently open 7 days per week.
Outreach, Advocacy & Training
The Disability Services staff members offer a variety of outreach to the campus community. These programs include guest lectures in academic courses, faculty trainings and disability awareness programs. The staff also provides coaching training each year to new interns as well as interested staff on campus. Additionally, disability counselors work with students to develop self advocacy skills.
The Disability Panel is a committee comprised of faculty, staff and student members who are responsible for addressing disability - related issues on campus. The Disability Panel is also responsible for hearing grievances related to disability issues filed through the grievance procedure.
The panel has been responsible for past projects including creating a grievance procedure, securing grants for adaptive technology such as braille machines and computer software, improving facility accessibility, educating the campus about disability issues, sponsoring Disability Awareness Day, and adapting campus policies to reflect current legal and ethical trends. The Disability Panel is an essential component in creating the diverse atmosphere that Meredith strives to cultivate.
Disability Services, the Disability Panel and DSO sponsor Disability Awareness Day to promote campus awareness of disability issues. Past events have included guest speakers, experiential learning programs, movie presentations, Chapel services and student panels. Disability Awareness Day is offered every other year; if you are interested in participating in the planning, contact the Disability Services office.
Disability Services also conducts and sponsors other awareness activities on campus. These programs can be integrated into the curriculum of a course or may be related to other awareness and/or diversity programs on campus.
For more information about Disability Awareness activities, please visit our news page.
Preview is a program designed specifically for students with disabilities who will be attending Meredith for the first time or who are unfamiliar with the resources available through Disability Services.
This unique opportunity offers students a chance to move in early and get a jump on the transition to college through special programs, activities and introduction to Preview Mentors. Many past participants reported feeling better prepared for a success after their Preview experience.
Services offered by others at Meredith College:
Commuter Life and Diversity Programs
Dean of Students