While you might think we are taking it easy as the semester has ended and "summer" has started, the DS Office is buzzing around like usual! We’ve been setting up our summer students and starting to prepare to welcome the incoming students. And yes, enjoying the sunny days as much as we can. By the way, how do you like our new look? Pretty fancy, eh?
The DS Team (Jodi, Brandon, Lauren, Evelyn, and Aida)
- Important Dates
- Updates from the DS Office
Academic Services and Resources
- What’s Up around Campus
- Disability in the News
- Disability Represents in the Arts
- Last Day to WITHDRAW with a "W" for All Undergraduate 6-Week Online and On-Campus Summer Start I Courses (UG)
- Last Day to WITHDRAW with a "W" for All Undergraduate 8-Week Online Summer Start I Courses (UG)
- Last Day to WITHDRAW with a "W" for All Graduate 6-Week Online and On-Campus Summer Start I Courses (GR)
Juneteenth (University Closed)
Last Day to WITHDRAW with a "W" for All Undergraduate 10-Week Online and On-Campus Summer Start I Courses (UG)
6-Week Online and On-Campus Summer Start I Courses End (UG & GR)
Last Day to WITHDRAW with a "W" for All Graduate 8-Week Online Summer Start I Courses (GR)
Updates from the DS Office
Request your Summer 2023 accommodation letters on Accommodate
- Remember, your instructors don’t know you have accommodations until you request these letters and accommodations are NOT afforded retroactively
- Also, if you’ve made any changes/additions to summer courses, you will need to request new letters
Our staff is here all summer so sign up on Accommodate if you have any needs
Wishing a warm welcome to our new Specialist Evelyn O’Connor!
Evelyn joined the UMass Lowell Disability Services Office in May 2023. She has been in the disability services field since 2015, starting as a graduate student employee at the Rivier University Disability Services Office. Evelyn realized her strengths and career fulfillment working with students navigating higher education and collaborating with students to develop their self-advocacy skills and honoring their potential at any stage - from first-year students to adults returning to the classroom. Prior to her current position, Evelyn has worked in Student Accessibility Services at the College of the Holy Cross and as a School Counselor in K-12 education. Evelyn earned her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2017 (and enjoys a calming restorative class any time!), loves true crime and women's health podcasts, and is fond of a stroll on the beach - any time of the year.
Know Any Especially Inclusive Faculty or Staff?
UML's new Public Speaking working group includes several campus department and we plan to offer resources and skill-building opportunities for students wishing to develop their presenting - particularly those with a fear of public speaking.
Please take 2 minutes to help us understand your needs better. (This is anonymous unless you choose to provide your name).
Podcast: The Disability Dish - the UML Perspective
BIG NEWS: The Disability Dish is now on your favorite podcast platforms! We will no longer be updating the youtube page but find us at the following spots:
Episode 12 : Jodi and Lauren talked with Dr. Diana Walker-Moyer, Nurse Practitioner and recently retired Director of the UML Health Services; Dr. Stephen Lam Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at UML; Amanda Holthaus, Nurse and UML graduate student in the Zuckerberg School of Public Health; and Matt Daneau, UML senior in Plastics Engineering about whether society is in a distraction epidemic, and being diagnosed with ADHD and the impact on at various ages, gender, staying focused, and society's expectations. (stay tuned for a part B because we had so much fun that we still had more to cover!)
Academic Services and Resources
Need Help Registering for Fall 2023?
If you haven’t registered for classes and need help getting started or understanding your holds, a great starting point is to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer 2023 Centers for Learning, Advising, & Student Success (CLASS)
In the summer, with the exception of Organic Chemistry (please check details on your syllabus), tutoring is available through GPS online tutoring options. Students can access Thinking Cloud through their Blackboard for 24/7 tutoring.
The Writing Center is OPEN throughout the summer. You can sign up for a 30-min virtual meeting on Sundays 6-8pm and Mondays 4-6pm through the Writing Center Website.
Want to talk with someone right away? Did you know that even in the summer Peer Advisors can talk with you about your schedule, SiS, class search, campus resources, deadlines, etc.? You can find someone to talk to up to 6 days per week in person or on Zoom. Check out the Peer Advising webpage for more information!
Workshops and Opportunities
SourceAbled is Rangam’s autism, neurodiversity, and disability hiring solution providing a collaborative, holistic framework designed to develop people, create inclusionary processes, and foster a culture of belonging. Start searching for jobs now !
Free recorded webinars that explore the topics of relationships, sexuality, and social skills for teenagers and adults. Good for students and faculty and staff helping students. OAR also has scholarship opportunities and other events!
River Hawk Open: Celebrating Women's Athletics 6/22 - (REGISTER)
Thu, Jun 22 7:00am-1:30pm – Four Oaks Country Club Dracut
Coming off a successful inaugural tournament, UMass Lowell will continue to grow support around women’s athletics by hosting the second annual River Hawk Open. This tournament will honor and celebrate the successes of UMass Lowell Women’s Athletics Programs.
The tournament will be held at Four Oaks Country Club. Four Oaks Country Club is an 18-hole Championship Golf Course located in the heart of the Merrimack Valley. With breathtaking views and upscale conditions, the course offers an enjoyable experience for both novice and expert players. Golfers of all experience levels are encouraged to join. The scramble format of the tournament allows for all players to contribute in a fun environment.
Are you a student who is pregnant or a parent of dependent children?
You are not alone at UML, and we have many resources to support you! We'd like you to join our listserv for pregnant and parenting students. You'll get priority registration and information about family-friendly opportunities.
To join the listserv, fill out this quick survey. Once you are tagged in SIS as a student parent, you'll have access to priority registration so you can plan a schedule that works with your family's needs.
For questions, please contact Marshall Greenleaf.
Stay Tuned for Fall 2023 Events (ON HANDSHAKE!)
Individual Career Advising
Available on a drop-in or scheduled basis, in-person and via Zoom; visit Career Advising for details.
Summer 2023 events - Check out the events webpage.
Check out the Well-being Blog
The Student Life & Well-being blog shows how students are incorporating the eight dimensions of wellness into their daily life on campus.
Stay Tuned for Fall Happenings!
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Did you know you could be seen the same day or the next from your first contact? Even in the summer if you’re in Massachusetts.
To schedule an initial, first appointment:
Call the Wellness Center at 978-934-6800 during normal business hours (Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Friday: 9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.) for an in-person 30-minute appointment. Initial appointments are only scheduled for same-day or the next business day, so please only call for an appointment on when you are available for a session. It is advised that you call at 8:30 a.m. to obtain a same-day appointment, as initial appointments times are filled quickly. It will be required that you arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete necessary forms at a Wellness Center waiting room kiosk.
Did you know you can talk to someone 24/7?
To get help when experiencing a mental health crisis:
Contact the UMass Lowell on-call clinician at 855-890-2879 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Do you know there are quite a few self-driven resources for students?
Just a few:
Smart-home devices can sometimes feel almost magical. They allow you to turn on lights without having to touch a switch, answer the front door from your bedroom (or a hotel room), and tweak your thermostat with a simple voice command. For many people, those capabilities are a convenience or a luxury. But for those who live with accessibility challenges, smart-home technology can be a powerful enabler, one that allows them to live a more independent and empowered life.
“Convenience for you is independence for me.”
Grace Warnock is only 10, but she’s perceptive. She easily picked up on judgmental looks from strangers when she would use public bathrooms for people with disabilities.
Grace has Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease you can’t see from the outside. The condition can be painful and requires her to make a lot of bathroom stops. Instead of putting up with rude onlookers, she designed a bathroom sign that includes both a person in a wheelchair and a standing person with a heart, symbolizing people with invisible conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced another increase in the prevalence of autism among children. In a pair of new reports — one focused on 8-year-olds and one on 4-year-olds — the CDC found that 1 out of every 36 children has autism. This is a significant increase from the 2021 estimate of 1 in 44, which was a big jump from 1 in 110 in 2006.
This increase may sound scary. But as autistic adults and as parents of children with autism, we advise you to relax. There is no “epidemic of autism.” Instead, what we face is an epidemic of need.
The main reason we are finding more autism is simple: Clinicians are getting better at spotting what was always there.
Creating a Culture of Inclusion
Join GUIDE Beauty Founder Terri Bryant and Chief Creative Officer Selma Blair on our journey. We're celebrating our love of beauty, self-expression, and community as we share the joy of applying makeup with ease and confidence.
Disability Represents in the Arts
“The Deaf creatives on the team, which include Douglas Ridloff and ASL performer, Jac Cook, exceeded expectations as they set out to communicate Ant-Man’s entertaining dialogue and sound effects in a manner befitting Marvel’s distinctive style, subversive humor, and high-velocity action.“
To access the feature with ASL, find it under the EXTRAS tab on the ANT-MAN page on Disney+.
Since SEVENTEEN’s debut in 2015, Wonwoo has built a reputation as one of the quietest members of the group. The first episode of Wonwoo’s Mindset Collection arrived in the middle of AAPI Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.
“This is an incredibly important partnership for us since we know Asian Americans are among the least likely to seek help for mental health out of any racial or ethnic group.”
The Cost of Living star is the first actor who's an amputee to be on Broadway, but she's ready for more accessibility
With this, she became the first-ever actress who is an amputee to perform on Broadway, and now, she's the first ever Tony-nominated amputee in general (Sullivan was born without the lower half of her legs). Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok, is also now nominated for Best Play, an especially important accolade because the play featured two disabled actors, and was applauded for its frank and moving examination of human connection—across class, racial lines, and disability.
Readers are now able "to be sent the audio file, to print a Braille file of the issue at home for free or to register your interest in receiving a physical Braille copy."
"Disability should feel personal to us all," he wrote. "The time has come for us to get real about who we are as a society, and for fashion to build a better, more accessible and inclusive industry."
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