Make an appointment for Disability Services using the button 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…
The first step is to complete an student application with our AIM database to give staff some information on your disability impacts and your access requests:
Enter the Accessible Information Management Database
If you have documentation that provides information on your disability, you can upload it below. It is not required, however, to start this process:
Disability Services Secure Upload
The next step is to meet with Disability Services Staff for an intake appointment to ensure we are discussing your needs individually:
Although the majority of our meetings are currently remote, we do have brief walk ins or even via chat! Schedule with us below:
Appointlet Scheduler with Disability Services Staff
Intake Appointments: Current students new to Disability Services/accommodations.
Standard Appointments: Students already registered with Disability Services.
Prospective Appointments: Students not yet attending Macalester (family members are invited).
OR Contact our staff directly:
Shammah Bemudez, Ed.D., Director of Disability Services (Oversite of department, general accommodations, students with significant/complex disability needs).
Josie Hurka, DS Coordinator: [email protected] (temporary/COVID accommodations)
Shayne Fettig-Hughes, Case Manager: [email protected] (general student accommodations, food-related accommodations)
Community Resources and Support
Resources for Students with Disabilities (or Anyone…)
Virtual Community and Wellness Page–Student Affairs
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: [email protected] for virtual meeting information.
BIPOC Disability Diaspora Identity Collective: A new, student-led organization started this fall specifically for students who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color who are also students with disabilities. The goal of the group is to provide connection, support and increase representation/collective voice for BIPOC students with disabilities at Mac.
For more information, contact Disability Services to be connected with student leaders!
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 protected]
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: [email protected]
Macalester Hamre Center for Health and Wellness: Medical, Counseling, COVID-19, Sexual Wellness, Support groups
Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
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
MentorUP is a 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.
Check out the Community Connection Cohorts for more information for the upcoming academic year 2022-2023