Disability Services is now part of
the Laurie Hamre Center for Health and Wellness!
Make an appointment with Disability Services below:
Disability Services strives to create a welcoming environment where students have equal access to academic and co-curricular activities. Disability Services also oversees the application of federal and state laws, implements reasonable accommodations and supports inclusive programming.
Four core values guide our work: access, education, advocacy and inclusion.
What does Disability Services Do?
- Determine/provide accommodations when academic and co-curricular barriers exist.
- Assist students in communicating with professors regarding course access.
- Met regularly with students for a variety of needs!
- Connect students with assistive technology.
- Connect students to each other via groups/programs.
- Provide resources on disability and Universal Design for Learning.
- Work with campus partners on accessibility needs.
Who do we work with?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) states that a person with a disability is someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a history of such an impairment, or is perceived by others as having such an impairment. Here are some common disabilities students report: Learning disabilities, mental health conditions, chronic health conditions, attentional differences (ADHD), blind and low vision, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Deaf and. or hard of hearing, physical and mobility disabilities, temporary injuries, mental health or health impacts.
Virtual Front Door
Click on the link below to…
Summer Hours (Until August 23):
9 AM-4:00 M-Th
Friday 9 AM-12 PM
New to disability services? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
OR Contact our staff directly:
Melissa Fletcher, Director: email@example.com (general accommodations, students with significant/complex disability needs).
Josie Hurka, DS Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org (temporary/COVID accommodations)
Shayne Fettig-Hughes, Case Manager: email@example.com. (general student accommodations, food-related accommodations)
Community Resources and Support
Groups and Connections!
To honor our community commitment to safety and provide access to all students (international or off-campus) these meetings are held via Zoom or Google Meets.
Student-Led Groups and Organizations
Disability, Chronic Pain, Chronic Illness (DCPCI): Identity Collective: Started in 2016, this identity collective is for students who have longer-term disability or chronic health conditions who are looking for a community of support. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for virtual meeting information (every other Sunday).
Voices on Mental Health: Student organization dedicated to changing the conversation, raising awareness and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and mental health both on and off the Macalester College Campus. Contact: email@example.com
MAC (Macalester Autism Community): Mac Autism Community is dedicated to creating a space for Macalester students–both on and off the spectrum–to recognize autism as an identity of neurodiversity and its culture. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macalester Hamre Center for Health and Wellness: Medical, Counseling, COVID-19, Sexual Wellness, Support groups
NAMI: (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Check out National Support Resources
NEW THIS YEAR!
MentorUP is our new, grant funded mentoring program that connects first and second year Mac students with upper class mentors. Mentoring is a reciprocal program with the goal of connection and community for students with disabilities.