All students with disabilities who are registered with ODS are expected to self-identify to their professors during the first two weeks of each semester. Here are several sample templates to provide you with some ideas in developing your own statement.
I have epilespy, with a history of partial-complex seizures. I take xx of Tegretol XR a day.
Morgan Murray (or Paula)
You will know I am having a seizure when:
After the seizure:
Things to know about my disability:
Some additional information:
I am very open about my disability and am happy to answer any questions.
Thank you for signing my TAF form and for your understanding.
Forty Things I Needed the Most
Aashima Kapoor '10 invites all students with chronic illnesses to join the "Coping with Chronic Illness: Life Support". "One of the hardest things about living with a chronic illness is the sense of isolation it creates. My hope is that this support group will lessen the isolation by providing a forum in which we can exchange stories, advice, and strageties from our diverse experiences of living with a chronic illness. The support group will provide a confidential, supportive environment for us to talk about the logistics, decisions, and emotions that accompany having a chronic illness. If there is adequate interest we, as a group, could engage in fundraising activities for various illnesses of our choice, bring in alumna or other guest speakers to address living with chronic illess beyond Barnard, or simply find empowerment and community in what can be an upsetting, depleting part of our lives. For the purposes of this group, chronic illness will be defined as any illness (both psychiatric and medical) that presents physical and/or emotional challenges on a daily basis. There is currently no time or place scheduled for the first meeting, but if you are interested, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability or any questions.
Based on student interest and scheduling, the "Living with Chronic Illness Group" meets on a weekly basis in the Furman Counseling Center. There was no group in 2007-2008, but if interested for 2008-2009, contact Morgan Murray in ODS.
The Chronic Illness Support Group was the original idea of Becca Mueller '03. This was the invitational letter sent to all registered ODS students when the group was launched in 2001.
I’m Becca Mueller ’03, and I invite you to participate in "Coping with a Chronic Illness: Days of Patience and Passion: A Support Group for Barnard Students with Chronic Illnesses." For me, one of the hardest things about living with a chronic illness is the sense of isolation that it creates. I think that the support group will lessen the isolation by providing a forum in which we can exchange stories, advice, and strategies from our diverse experiences of living with chronic illness.
The support group, as I envision it, will provide a confidential, supportive environment for us to talk about the logistics, decisions, and emotions that accompany having a chronic illness. If there is adequate interest, we, as a group, could form a team to participate in local fund-raisers for different illnesses of our choice, finding empowerment and community in what can be an upsetting, depleting part of our lives.
The group is co-facilitated by Jeannie Blaustein and Alex Pieterse from the Barnard Counseling Service. The group meets on Fridays at 3pm in 102 Hewitt. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. To sign up for the group please contact Jeannie Blaustein at email@example.com and let her know of your interest.
The BAID (Barnard Alumnae Involved with Disabilities) Network is a mentoring project jointly coordinated by the Offices of Alumnae Affairs, Career Development and Disability Services to enable current Barnard students with disabilities to meet and/or talk with disabled alumnae from a wide variety of fields. The BAID Network also serves to expand our directory of information on disability services and the availability of accommodations in graduate and professional schools.
* The BAID is a confidential network open to alumnae as well as current students with disabilities.
Contact information for Disability Services at the Seven Sisters colleges.
Morgan Murray, Director
Office of Disability Services
New York, NY 10027
Bryn Mawr College
Stephanie Bell, Coordinator
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Sheila Petruccelli, Interim Director
Accessible Education Office
20 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Marie Trottier, University Disability Coordinator
Office of the Assistant to the President
1350 Mass. Ave.
935 Holyoke Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
Mount Holyoke College
Elisabeth Hogan, Associate Dean of
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Mary Lyon Hall, Rm. 300
Laura Rauscher, Director
Office of Disability Services
College Hall - Room 104
Northampton, MA 01063
Belinda Guthrie, Director and Associate Dean of the College
Disability Support Services
Metcalf House, 1st Floor
PO Box 164
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Roberta Schotka, Director of Programs
Pforzheimer Learning & Teaching Center
Clapp Library, 3rd Floor
Wellesley, MA 02181
James Wice, Director
Director of Disability Services
Clapp Library, Room 316
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481