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I actually do not know any student at Smith who is blind or with similar disabilities… I’m sorry. I’ve emailed Laura Rauscher, the Disability Service Director at Smith, to find out a little bit more information for you.
Here is Laura Rauscher’s response:
Good afternoon and thanks for getting in touch. I’m sure the student has a number of questions and I would be glad to talk with her on the phone or be in touch by email and perhaps let her know about services and supports that would be available. It would help to know more about her specific needs since of course not everybody needs the same kinds of things. I wouldn’t want to presume.
Currently, there are no blind students at Smith. There have been a couple in the past, but quite sometime ago. We have had other students with visual impairments but that may not be the same as her experience. We also have a number of students who use print alternatives through text to voice software and audio files. We provide support to obtain or create accessible materials wherever possible. That may be something that interests her.There is a disability community that is growing at Smith, including a Disability Alliance which is a student org. Students with a wide range of disabilities are involved in the alliance so there is some community of support. This year the group has organized a disability studies conference within the five colleges, the first event of its kind. So where there is engagement, education, and activism around the issues on campus which Disability Services is happy to support.
It’s a big decision to come to college when you feel like you’ll be the only one, and I understand that may or may not be something she wants to take on. I think the best thing would be to recommend that she contact me. I’m sure she’ll want to know that we can support her accommodation needs, and I would need to know more about her to let her know what we could offer her.
If you have further questions yourself please feel free to write me back. Or she would like you to continue to be a go-between please feel free.
I hope you find this information helpful. You can email Laura at email@example.com or call her at (413)585-2071. Thank you for asking me a question, and let me know if you have any other questions about life at Smith!