Commitment 1:

  • Overview: Provide early and/or assisted move in for students with disabilities. Increase accessibility of orientation programming, less emphasis on walking and other activities that could make the meetings inaccessible. OLs should understand how to plan their meetings to be accessible and should also be prepared to adapt should an accessibility need arise.
  • Point Person(s): Jim Hoppe, Christie Anglade, Maureen Hurley, Diane Paxton
  • Updates:
    • Summer 2021: Orientation, SEAL & ICSA staff discuss how to address this topic in training for new students and for student organizations, to be ready for Summer and Fall 2021. SAS trained RAs and OLs and offered ongoing, individual support as OLs got to know their students and encountered questions/needs.
    • Fall 2021: Students with disabilities were again offered assistance or adjustment with move in. Orientation was designed with a focus on accessibility, including options for sensory friendly sessions. SAS staff assisted with schedule design, and a new Student with Disability Mixer/Welcome was added to the schedule.

Commitment 2:

  • Overview: Include Student Accessibility Services in programming, presentations and information dissemination.
  • Point Person(s): Jim Hoppe, Diane Paxton
  • Updates:
    • Summer 2021: SAS was part of the planning team for Orientation events including Faces of Emerson, and consulted about accessibility transportation for programming. Section on Ableism included in Faces of Emerson Program Fall 2021.

Commitment 3:

  • Overview: Enhanced orientation programming for disabled students, such as a disabled student mixer, and improved accessibility of org fair including sensory friendly space and alternative ways of getting information, such as virtual offerings. 
  • Point Person(s): Jim Hoppe
  • Updates:
    • Fall 2021: A Disabled Student mixer was added to the Fall 2021 schedule, and greater attention given to site access and directions. Org fair was offered in person as well as virtually, and SEAL staff were available to meet with students individually for org related support.

Commitment 4:

  • Overview: Student organization training to include more detailed focus on ableism and commitment to access.
  • Point Person(s): Jim Hoppe
  • Updates: Ongoing.