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ACCESS Fall 2013 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 23, 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.

Please create an ACCESS email folder. Emails from ACCESS often have important reminders, deadlines and information in them. Saving them to a folder to review can be a helpful strategy.

Additionally, ACCESS is on Facebook - see our facebook page: ACCESS Facebook for articles and information about disability in the news.

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:

Places to Study

Opportunities and Activities

Workforce Recruitment Program 

The Federal Workforce Recruitment Program, WRP, is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated post secondary students and recent graduates with a disability.

The program offers students professional development training, an interview with a federal recruiter and opportunity for paid summer internships, part or full time employment opportunities.

Each year ACCESS participates in WRP. We’ve been working with this program for over 10 years. UVM Students who have gone through this program have successfully gained internships and part or full time jobs in their chosen career fields all around the country.

What WRP entails:

- Working with Career Services to get your resume ready

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

- Preparing and submitting your materials via the WRP online portal

- Having a formal telephone interview with a WRP recruiter

If you are interested, please contact your ACCESS Specialist AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to get started.

Interested in Exploring your Identity?

This year, ACCESS will offer a number of opportunities for students to engage and learn more about their identity as a person with a disability.

Some possibilities include:

  • 1:1 session to read and more deeply understand your own documentation
  • Workshops on stress reduction
  • Activities on building strategies and techniques
  • Using a program called Wild Divine to practice mindfulness and meditation with biofeedback
  • Check out a disability identity model

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:

Active Minds

Deaf Awareness Week

Admission is FREE and open to everyone, including Vermont community members and Deaf community members! The events for Deaf Awareness Week at UVM will occur during the week of September 23-28.  These events are also posted on the ASL Program website:

  • Keynote Speaker: Ashley Fiolek, Champion Deaf Motocross Racer on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 PM in Davis Center – Livak Room
  • ASL Game Night on Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM in Living/Learning Commons 315
  • ASL Skit Night on Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 PM in Davis Center – Brennan’s Pub
  • ASL Film: Rustic Lantern’s “Lake Windfall” on Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 PM in Billings, Ira Allen Lecture Hall
  • ASL Brunch & Roundtable Discussion on Friday, September 27 9:00 AM in Davis Center – Jost Room
  • Capital D with Douglas Ridloff on Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 PM in Mann Hall Auditorium, 105

ASL-English Interpreters will be provided at all of the events. If you are seeking additional accommodations, including, but not limited to Deaf-Blind interpreters or English real-time captioning, please email Hannah at ACCESS: no later than September 1st. This deadline will ensure accommodation requests are met.  We can accept requests after the date indicated and we will do our best to meet those needs based on availability of services.

Disability Awareness Month

Every year, The University of Vermont hosts Disability Awareness Month activities throughout October. ACCESS is one of the main sponsors of this University wide series.

If you are interested in supporting the events this year and/or have ideas for future events, please contact

  • Professionals Panel
  • Movie Nights
  • Service/Therapy Dogs
  • Roundtable Discussion

Watch for posters and information on The Bored Calendar of Events

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 working with ACCESS?
You’ll decide that. ACCESS records are kept separate and confidential 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 release 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 2013 Academic Calendar

Event   Dates Days of Week
First Day of Classes August 26 Monday
Last Day to Add Classes without Instructor Permission August 30 Friday
Labor Day Holiday September 9 Monday
Add/Drop, Pass/No Pass, Audit Deadline September 10 Monday
Last Day to Withdraw October 28 Monday
Thanksgiving Recess November 25-29 Mon-Fri
Last Day of Classes December 4 Wednesday
Reading and Exam Period December 5-13 Thurs, Fri-Fri
Reading Days December 5,11 Thurs, Wed
Exam Days December 6,9,10,12,13 Fri, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
December Commencement December 14 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

- 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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