Director's Welcome

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Welcome to Disability Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! Our staff are as committed as ever to providing members of the University community with the finest educational opportunities and the most appropriate accommodations available for students with disabilities. I am pleased to report we have many exciting changes debuting this Fall. 

If you are a student with a disability, we highly recommend that you to register for services from our office. To register, one must provide our office a copy of their diagnostic documentation (or confirmation that it is in progress) and complete a brief questionnaire (all online). Once submitted, received and reviewed, you will receive an email from us (at your UMass email) encouraging you to schedule an appointment with any Access Coordinator to prepare your accommodation letters for instructors/faculty.  Appointment booking for AC's are online or you may call the office at 413-545-0892 to schedule. The next day, you can submit your accommodation letters out on Clockwork. a registration form and submitting diagnostic documentation of your disability. 

In addition to offering a number of services specific to an individual's academic or career success, Disability Services also educates the campus about the experience of disability and provides expertise and guidance on increasing access to all university programs and services.

We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that Disability Services provides. We look forward to meeting with you. Welcome to UMass!

AnnMarie P. (Duchon) Thorpe, M.Ed. 
Director, Disability Services