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Harvard University Disability Resources (UDR) welcomes students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. UDR values disability as integral to our rich diversity and provides leadership to University efforts to ensure an accessible, inclusive welcoming learning and working environment for individuals with disabilities while complying with federal and state regulations.

UDR serves as a central resource on disability-related information, procedures and services for the University community and provides expertise in the development, implementation, and acquisition for best and promising disability-related University practices, procedures and resources.

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Join the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA)'s 15th Annual Robert Coles "Call of Service" Lecture & Award honoring Mia Mingus on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM ET! This event brings a significant figure in public service to Harvard College annually to promote a commitment to service and draw attention to important social issues. The event is free, will take place via Zoom webinar, and will have an ASL interpreter. Please RSVP at

The award is named after Dr. Robert Coles, a former PBHA volunteer, civil rights advocate, child psychiatrist, Harvard professor, and Pulitzer Prize winning author. His book, The Call of Service, examines the idealistic spirit PBHA seeks to foster and is a fitting title for PBHA’s annual award and lecture.

Mia has been involved in transformative justice work for almost two decades. Mia helped create the Atlanta Transformative Justice Collaborative and was a founding and core member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. Over the past two decades, she has supported numerous groups, organizations, individuals, intimate networks, families and communities in addressing harm, violence and abuse using transformative justice.

Mia also helped create and forward the disability justice framework. Her writings on disability have been used around the world and are a regular part of college and university curricula. Mia has played a key role in connecting disability justice with other movements and communities and she has worked tirelessly to educate different communities about disability, ableism, access, disability justice and abled supremacy. Please join us in welcoming Mia and learning more about transformative & disability justice!

We are thrilled to announce that we are the recipients of one of this year’s President’s Administrative Innovation Fund (PAIF) projects! Titled “Disability Perspectives: A Film Series”, we seek to enlighten, educate, and engage the Harvard community by highlighting the lived experiences and challenges of people with disabilities. You can learn more about the project here: Disability Perspectives: A Film Series. Please join us for the screening of the first film, “CODA” (which stands for Child of Deaf Adult), an acclaimed film starring Marlee Matlin and Emilia Jones on Friday, October 22nd at 1pm. CODA presents an incredible look into the unique dynamic between the hearing and Deaf worlds.

Please register for the film screening by clicking this link: Register here. Once registered, you will also receive a calendar invite for the 3pm discussion.

If you have any additional questions about the accessibility provided or wish to request an accommodation, please contact Dorian Meyette at <>

Teresa Nguyen on Disability & Employment : Friday, October 29, 10:00-11:00 AM

#ADA31: Celebrating the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: A July 26, 2021 event in which leaders and community members from across the University celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This events celebrates great strides in providing equal opportunity, while discussing the work that remains. Learn about initiatives that support students, staff, faculty and the public with disabilities and how everyone at the University has a role to play in making sure Harvard is inclusive and welcoming to all. Introductory remarks: Larry Bacow, President, Harvard University; Sherri Charleston, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Harvard University; Kyle Shachmut, Assistant Director, Digital Accessibility Services, Harvard University Information Technology. Panelists: Grace Moskola, Director, Accessible Education Office, Faculty of Arts & Sciences and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences; Kyle Shachmut, Assistant Director, Digital Accessibility Services, Harvard University Information Technology; Kate Upatham, Director, University Disability Resources, Harvard Central Administration; Amy Deschenes (moderator) - Head of User Experience and Digital Accessibility, Harvard Library. Sponsored by Harvard University IT and Harvard's Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODIB).

A chance to 'amplify one another': What is Disability Pride Month?

Building Accessible Spaces - Integrating Assistive Technology, video now available!: This project is part of the 2019 President's Administrative Innovation Fund. Learn more about integrating different types of assistive technology in a space, including FM Systems, Bluetooth technology, and other tech used to make spaces accessible (Harvard Affiliates Only) - Link to Building Accessible Spaces

Authentic Inclusion Drives Innovation: Presentation by Frances West, video now available! (Harvard Affiliates Only) - Link to Authentic Inclusion Drives Innovation

The Changing Reality of Disability in America 2020: Presented by the Institute for Human Centered Design, this documentary film and research project reexamines the experience of disability in America, and shines a light on the stories of those all too often left behind. Watch the documentary and read the full research report

Aimi Hamraie, Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University and the author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability recently spoke at the Design School on her research and history of the built environment. One can access her talk on Critical Access Studies

Department of Justice (DOJ) Statement on Civil Rights during COVID

Black America and COVID-19

COVID-19: Effective Communication for Individuals with Hearing Loss

Watch “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution”, winner of the 2020 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival for U.S. Documentary, on Netflix. This film focuses on the disability civil rights movement.