About Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services (formerly the ADA Office) has been serving students with disabilities on campus since 1995. Since its inception, the office has grown by leaps and bounds. Hundreds of students have received accommodations over the years, and Student Accessibility Services maintains a strong presence on campus throughout the calendar year. 

Student Population and Services Provided:

We are here to help students with many different types of disabilities. For example, our office provides confidential services and accommodations for students who have special needs affecting their learning, vision, hearing, speech, mobility, and physical and psychological health.

Services provided by the Student Accessibility Services can include, for example, permission to use extended time on exams, the assigning of note-takers or readers, access to scanners, screen-reading software with voice synthesizers or large-print software, interpreting services, residential accommodations and much more.

Students in our undergraduate programs receive accommodations through the office as well as students in the Language Schools, the Bread Loaf School of English and Writer’s Conference, and the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy. While United States and Vermont disability laws do not apply overseas, the ADA Coordinator is available to assist students with disabilities in determining what level of accessibility and accommodations are available at the various locations of the Middlebury College Schools Abroad.

ADA Coordinator:

Jodi Litchfield, the ADA Coordinator, has been working with students with disabilities at Middlebury College since 1999. She meets with students on a one on one basis to discuss their individual needs as well as offering support and advice.

Jodi is available to meet with prospective students who have questions about the services that our office can provide. Additionally, Jodi coordinates the ADA Committee.

Jodi can be reached at 802-443-5936 or via e-mail at litchfie@middlebury.edu. Materials may be sent to the Student Accessibility Services fax machine at 802-443-2440. Jodi's office is located in the Service Building.

ADA Committee:

The ADA Committee is made up of faculty, staff and administration and comes together to certify eligibility and determine accommodations for students with qualifying physical disabilities, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, psychological disabilities, medical disabilities and other qualifying disabilities.  

The ADA Committee also discusses further development of our policies and procedures to ensure efficiency and continued support for our current and future students. Additionally, the Committee has facilitated the organization of activities to increase awareness of disability issues.

Assistive Technology:

Assistive technology is available to support students with disabilities in Student Accessibility Services, in the Main Library and in Armstrong Library located in Bicentennial Hall. 

Assistive technology in Student Accessibility Services includes TTY communication equipment, and CCTV text magnifiers in both black/white and color. Additionally, we have computers equipped with adaptive technology such as Kurzweil screen reading software and the ZoomText International screen magnifier. Selective assistive technology is also available for student use on a loaner basis. Much of our assistive technology can be used with languages other than English. Student Accessibility Services has a printer available to students for added convenience.

Assistive technology including CCTV text magnifiers, Kurzweil screen reading software, and the ZoomText International screen magnifier is also available in the Main Library and in Armstrong Library in McCardell Bicentennial Hall.