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ACCESS Fall 2012 Newsletter

In this newsletter:

Welcome Back / Fall Open House

Keep Informed

Opportunities and Activities

Become an ACCESS, EPC, or UDTL Work Study Student


Fall 2012 Academic Calendar

Meet your Specialist

Our Websites!

A final note from ACCESS

Welcome Back!

ACCESS would like to welcome you back to UVM. We hope you enjoyed your summer and that you are ready for the fall semester ahead!

This newsletter provides important information and reminders about how to obtain services, get ACCESS updates, be aware of opportunities, rights and responsibilities, deadlines, etc.

Fall Open House

ACCESS invites you and your parents to stop by on Friday, August 24, anytime from 1-4 PM. Take a pause from unpacking. Stop by: for a cold drink, to meet your ACCESS Specialist, set up an initial appointment, get questions answered, etc. We hope to see you at the Open House!

Keep Informed – Read your email and visit

To keep students up to date on what’s happening at ACCESS, we send information via email. It is important for you to read your email from ACCESS since there are often procedural reminders and deadlines in our communications. 

In order to keep in touch, ACCESS uses our email listserv as well as a new feature on our recently updated website. This new feature enables students to view emails that were recently sent via our listserv on our website as well. Now you have an additional way to be reminded of important information. The recently sent emails can be found on the ACCESS main page. Additionally, ACCESS is on Facebook- see our facebook page: ACCESS Facebook.

Places to Study

In the link below, please check out the many locations across campus that are great for studying! If you have places you like to study on campus that you think we should add to the list, please email us:


Opportunities and Activities

Workforce Recruitment Program 

Each year ACCESS participates in the Workforce Recruitment Program, WRP. WRP connects federal employers with students with disabilities. Students who have gone through this program have been offered internships as well as part or full time employment opportunities! 

What WRP entails: 

- Working with Career Services to get your resume ready 

- Participating in an Interview Skill Building Workshop hosted by Career Services 

- Submitting your materials via the WRP online portal 

- Having a formal interview with a WRP representative on Tiesday, November 13th.

If you are interested, please contact your ACCESS Specialist AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. There are only 11 slots available.

Active Minds

UVM Health Promotions in conjunction with a group of student activists hosts a chapter of Active Minds here on campus. To learn more about Active Minds, please visit:

Become an ACCESS, EPC, or UDTL Work Study Student

If you have work study funding and would like to earn money while learning a myriad of transferable skills and working with amazing students and a friendly staff, an ACCESS work study position might be for you!

The Exam Proctoring Center, Universal Design Technology lab, and ACCESS front desk are all accepting applications NOW! You don’t have to wait until you get to campus to apply.

Visit the ACCESS work study page to find out more about the specific tasks you would perform at each work site, as well as how a job at ACCESS can pay off for you in the future.


Who will know that I’m registered with ACCESS?
You’ll decide that. ACCESS records are kept separate from other student records, and disability information is released only with your consent, to people who need to know it.

Can my parents/guardians contact ACCESS to find out how I’m doing?
It depends. Parents and guardians may be concerned about your progress, and therefore may want to share concerns and/or ask us for information about you. You may wish to have a discussion with them regarding what kind of contact you want them to have, and then discuss this with your ACCESS Specialist. You will need to sign a consent form if you’d like for ACCESS to provide information to your parents or guardians. Information at ACCESS is protected by FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).

Fall 2012 Academic Calendar

Event   Dates Days of Week
First Day of Classes August 27 Monday
Last Day to Add Classes without Instructor Permission August 31 Friday
Labor Day Holiday September 3 Monday
Add/Drop, Pass/No Pass, Audit Deadline September 10 Monday
Last Day to Withdraw October 29 Monday
Thanksgiving Recess November 19-23 Mon-Fri
Last Day of Classes December 5 Wednesday
Reading and Exam Period December 6-14 Thurs, Fri-Fri
Reading Days December 6,12 Thurs, Wed
Exam Days December 7,10,11,13,14 Fri, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
December Commencement December 15 Saturday

Meeting with your Specialist

Finding a time to meet with your Specialist at the beginning of the semester is a very important step in getting your accommodations set up. After you've acquired your syllabi and understand what accommodations you'd like to request per class, get in touch with your Specialist to set up a time or drop in if they have Drop In Hours available. Here are the ways you can contact ACCESS to create a time to see your Specialist:

- Call ACCESS: 802-656-7753

- IM the Front Desk of ACCESS via the ACCESS website:

- Reply to an email that your Specialist will send you

Our Websites!

Go see these for area-specific news and information!

Disability Services, ACCESS

Universal Design Technology Lab

Notes Program

Exam Proctoring Center

Electronic Books

A final note from ACCESS

ACCESS wishes you a successful semester! ACCESS is here to work with you collaboratively and in a confidential manner; there's no need to go it alone. Even if you don't expect to use accommodations, a connection with ACCESS could help in a number of ways. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

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