DS at Mason

DS at Mason Disability Services is available to serve all students with disabilities, including those with cognitive, learning, psychological, sustained head injuries, sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments.
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As part of George Mason University's continuing commitment to upholding the letter and spirit of the laws that ensure equal treatment of people with disabilities, the university established and maintains the Office of Disability Services. Under the administration of University Life, the center implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is available to serve all students with disabilities, including those with cognitive (e.g., learning, psychological, and closed head injury), sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments. ODS Staff: Director-Linn Jorgenson, Ed. D. Associate Director- Jane Bennett Disability Specialist- Kristina DeSantis, M. A. Coordinator, Deaf and Hard of Hearing- Risa Shariff, MS, CI-CT Office Manager- Deborah Mitchell Data Analyst- Marcel Assink

Mission: Our mission: Promote equal access for students with disabilities in curricular and co-curricular activities within the university experience. Foster partnerships with students, faculty, and staff to create environments that are accessible, diverse, and inclusive. Empower students to fully participate in the university community. Our vision is for all students to achieve their fullest potential.

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Everyone at Disability Services would like to wish you a wonderful winter break.  We will see you next year!
12/15/2020

Everyone at Disability Services would like to wish you a wonderful winter break. We will see you next year!

Join Disability Services for Movie Night!!  "The Fundamentals of Caring" starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez.  When: Oct...
10/20/2020

Join Disability Services for Movie Night!! "The Fundamentals of Caring" starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez. When: October 21 at 8PM. Click on the Zoom link to join the fun! https://gmu.zoom.us/j/95629836156#success

It’s Registration Awareness Week! The spring 2021 schedule is up now. Schedule your academic advising appointment here: ...
10/13/2020

It’s Registration Awareness Week! The spring 2021 schedule is up now. Schedule your academic advising appointment here: https://advising.gmu.edu/

10/02/2020

Halloween Short Story Contest
Short Story Contest Rules
1. Title and Name need to be included on original submission to [email protected] put "Short Story" as the subject of the email. If you do not want your name to be on the piece if it gets published please let us know and we can remove it before it gets shared.
2. The story needs to be Halloween related either funny, spooky, or anything else you can come up with.
3. All short stories submitted must contain original material that is also appropriate. Keep it fun and entertaining for everyone.
4. Submissions should be no less than 1 page and no more than 5 pages.
5. In order to be eligible to win a prize all submissions must be entered by Friday, October 30th. Winners will be announced the first week of November and stories will be shared in that week's newsletter (unless you prefer not to have it shared).
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR TOP 3 STORIES!!
#DisabilityAwarenessMonth

October is #DisabilityAwarenessMonth. DS is hosting virtual events during the month of October.  To discover disability-...
10/01/2020
Disability Awareness Month – Disability Services

October is #DisabilityAwarenessMonth. DS is hosting virtual events during the month of October. To discover disability-related news, disability in the media, upcoming virtual events, and a chance to win prizes visit https://ds.gmu.edu/disability-awareness-month/

1. Title and Name need to be included on original submission to [email protected] put “Short Story” as the subject of the email. If you do not want your name to be on the piece if it gets published please let us know and we can remove it before it gets shared.2. The story needs to be Halloween re...

JumpStart is series of virtual career workshops that will help you navigate your career path this semester. Learn from r...
08/19/2020
JumpStart Fall 2020 | Handshake

JumpStart is series of virtual career workshops that will help you navigate your career path this semester. Learn from recruiters, career counselors, and other Mason offices as they cover everything from resume writing to job search tactics to virtual interviewing strategies. We even have a session dedicated to preparing for virtual job fairs, which will get you ready for the Welcome2Mason Part-Time Job Fair!

Check out the JumpStart virtual career workshops at https://gmu.joinhandshake.com/events/530645/share_preview

Planning for a busy fall semester? We can help you get organized to focus on your career before classes begin! Jumpstart your job or internship search by participating in this series of free online workshops. We’ll cover topics like career exploration, resume writing, and the most effective job...

Important safety measures to follow for move-in Fall of 2020.  Move in dates are between Aug 15-22.
07/27/2020

Important safety measures to follow for move-in Fall of 2020. Move in dates are between Aug 15-22.

Disability Services would like to welcome Dr. Gregory Washington to #MasonNation!" #UniversityLife
07/01/2020

Disability Services would like to welcome Dr. Gregory Washington to #MasonNation!" #UniversityLife

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07/01/2020

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07/01/2020

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06/03/2020

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06/02/2020

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04/17/2020

Greetings, Patriots! We wanted to let you know that we are still here to support you during this time and available to answer any questions or concerns that you have related to this transition or accommodations. We are available via phone and email during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our physical office in Student Union Building 1, Suite 2500, will be closed until further notice but we are available virtually. 💛💚

03/23/2020
George Mason University

Good luck today, students, as we transition to online learning. Take a look at the tips in this video and reach out to us for questions, concerns, or support. We are still here (virtually)! Contact us by phone or email at 703.993.2474 or [email protected]. 😊

If you're feeling a little uneasy about the prospect of remote learning, we're here to help. Professor Melissa Broeckelman-Post of Mason's Communications Department has developed a list of tips and guidelines to help you get the most out of virtual instruction. For more tips, visit this website: https://fal.cn/37egi

Last call for submissions! Our Disability Services Art Contest closes this Friday. If you have any questions about the a...
01/28/2020

Last call for submissions! Our Disability Services Art Contest closes this Friday. If you have any questions about the art contest, please contact Morgan Strimel at [email protected]. 🖼

DEADLINE EXTENDED to JANURAY 31, 2020!

Calling all artists! The newly renovated Disability Services front office is in need of wall decor, and we want it to come from you. All students with disabilities are invited to submit an original entry to have displayed in our lobby. 🎨
Theme: Disability pride, embracing identities, and intersectionality (i.e., gender, sexuality, age, race, disability, etc.).

For details and guidelines, visit ds.gmu.edu/art. Questions? Contact Morgan Strimel at [email protected].

Grab your morning coffee and read more about George Mason University's Employee of the Month - our very own Marcel Assin...
01/15/2020
Marcel Assink is January Employee of the Month | George Mason

Grab your morning coffee and read more about George Mason University's Employee of the Month - our very own Marcel Assink.

Marcel is the heartbeat of Disability Services and is central to our mission of creating inclusive, accessible environments for all students.

Way to go, Marcel! #Marcelebration

George Mason University, the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia, is conducting a comprehensive search for its next president.

01/13/2020
George Mason University Human Resources and Payroll

We are MAR-CELEBRATING today, because our very own Marcel Assink is George Mason University’s Employee of the Month! Marcel is the heartbeat of Disability Services, and we could not do it without him. Congratulations, Marcel!

Congratulations to Marcel Assink from the Office of Disability Services. He’s Mason’s January 2020 Employee of the Month!!

Happy finals week, Patriots! It’s the home stretch. Please remember the resources available to you right here on campus,...
12/10/2019

Happy finals week, Patriots! It’s the home stretch. Please remember the resources available to you right here on campus, and best of luck studying! 📕✏️📚

DEADLINE EXTENDED to JANURAY 31, 2020!Calling all artists! The newly renovated Disability Services front office is in ne...
11/21/2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED to JANURAY 31, 2020!

Calling all artists! The newly renovated Disability Services front office is in need of wall decor, and we want it to come from you. All students with disabilities are invited to submit an original entry to have displayed in our lobby. 🎨
Theme: Disability pride, embracing identities, and intersectionality (i.e., gender, sexuality, age, race, disability, etc.).

For details and guidelines, visit ds.gmu.edu/art. Questions? Contact Morgan Strimel at [email protected].

Deadline approaching! Only one week left to submit your entries for the Disability Services Art Contest. For more inform...
11/08/2019

Deadline approaching! Only one week left to submit your entries for the Disability Services Art Contest. For more information, visit ds.gmu.edu/art.

Calling all artists! The newly renovated Disability Services front office is in need of wall decor, and we want it to come from you. All students with disabilities are invited to submit an original entry to have displayed in our lobby. 🎨

Theme: Disability pride, embracing identities, and intersectionality (i.e., gender, sexuality, age, race, disability, etc.).

For details and guidelines, visit ds.gmu.edu/art.

Submission deadline: November 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact Morgan Strimel at [email protected].

TODAY'S THE DAY!
11/05/2019

TODAY'S THE DAY!

Feedback wanted!
Members of the GMU student body are working on an app to help communicate routes of travel throughout the campus community.
As a continued effort to ensure accessibility Disability Services was asked to share with our registered students how they can be a part of this project!
The developers would like your help in exploring features and accessibility of the app! Please join for a brief presentation to learn about the app and contribute to further development.

SUB1 Room 3A, November 5, 4:30pm. For disability related accommodations, contact Lisa Coats a [email protected]

Feedback wanted!Members of the GMU student body are working on an app to help communicate routes of travel throughout th...
11/01/2019

Feedback wanted!
Members of the GMU student body are working on an app to help communicate routes of travel throughout the campus community.
As a continued effort to ensure accessibility Disability Services was asked to share with our registered students how they can be a part of this project!
The developers would like your help in exploring features and accessibility of the app! Please join for a brief presentation to learn about the app and contribute to further development.

SUB1 Room 3A, November 5, 4:30pm. For disability related accommodations, contact Lisa Coats a [email protected]

Learning Services is hosting a 'Learning in the Library' workshop series next week on different topics to improve your a...
10/31/2019
Learning in the Library

Learning Services is hosting a 'Learning in the Library' workshop series next week on different topics to improve your academic performance. Workshops include:

Mon, Nov 4 Exam Strategies
Tues, Nov 5 Time Management
Wed, Nov 6 Reading Strategies
Thu, Nov 7 How to Study for Online Courses

RSVP with the link below!

Take a break from studying for this Academic Success Workshop series presented by Learning Services conveniently located in Fenwick Library. Each day we will offer a different topic intended to help you improve your academic performance. Mon, Nov 4 Exam Strategies Tues, Nov 5 Time Management Wed, No...

Join us tonight at 4:30pm in the JC Bistro for a panel discussion focused on "Intersectional Identities, Disabilities, a...
10/30/2019

Join us tonight at 4:30pm in the JC Bistro for a panel discussion focused on "Intersectional Identities, Disabilities, and Empowerment.” Panelists include Julia Velasquez, Charlotte Woodward, Fareshta Jan, and George Anthony.

TONIGHT: Join Mason LIFE student Forrest Allen as he shares a documentary film of his healing through the power of music...
10/22/2019

TONIGHT: Join Mason LIFE student Forrest Allen as he shares a documentary film of his healing through the power of music.

Movie viewing - 5:45-7:15pm
Panel with Forrest and his team - 7:15-7:45

Light refreshments will be served! See you then!

George Mason University Student Health Advisory Board
10/18/2019

George Mason University Student Health Advisory Board

"For me, sustaining a traumatic brain injury was scary as heck. When I woke up in the ICU I thought, 'What is this? Am I paralyzed? Am I dead? What's going on? I can't see anything around me." But the fact was, I heard doctors coming in and out of the room, trying to do things for me, feeding me, giving me medication, and more which was incredible of them to do because if they hadn't done those things, I'd be six feet under right now. But people cared, and they wanted to be beneficial to me, and they wanted me to get back on my feet, be able to see, come to college- hey I'm here now! - it's a hard thing to say, but it was scary as heck. I thought I was a dead man walking, in the dead sense of the term. Because I thought, is my life over? What do I do from here? But with their help and their medicine, and my caring parents, and my friends who supported me, it all came back to support. When we all lift each other up, we can stand and keep kicking forward.

What I like to do when I'm in a situation that is stressful is take a minute or two and step away from the situation. Then I can reflect on what happened and how I would have liked it to go and where I can make it go in the future. Because if you're just going willy-nilly on every situation, and you don't really know where you want it to go or where you plan on having it turn out, you're kind of improvising your life. But the fact of the matter is, if you want it to go in a certain direction, either try to make it go that way or try to see what you can do to turn it in that direction. Because if you're improvising everything, you don't know how it's going to turn out." (Forrest)

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Forrest Allen is a student here at Mason in the MasonLIFE program, joined in this photo by his service dog, Toliver who was provided to him by Canine Companions for Independence. Just after he turned 18, he sustained a traumatic brain injury and faced numerous life-threatening setbacks and complications. He spent two years in eight different hospitals, endured over 31 surgical procedures, and was unable to speak for over a year and a half. Disability Services and Mason LIFE will be hosting a screening of the documentary, "Music Got Me Here" about Forrest and how music therapy helped him to regain his voice, that was filmed over five years. The screening is on Tuesday, October 22 from 5:30pm-8:00pm in Merten Hall 1201 (there will be refreshments!)

https://www.musicgotmehere.com/

Join Mason LIFE student Forrest Allen as he shares a documentary film of his healing through the power of music on Tuesd...
10/18/2019

Join Mason LIFE student Forrest Allen as he shares a documentary film of his healing through the power of music on Tuesday, October 22nd in Merten Hall 1201.

Movie viewing - 5:45-7:15pm
Panel with Forrest and his team - 7:15-7:45

Light refreshments will be served! See you then!

We had a blast today - thank you to those who came to our Table Fair! 😊
10/16/2019

We had a blast today - thank you to those who came to our Table Fair! 😊

Address

4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA
22030

General information

Located in Student Union Building I, Suite 2500 on the Fairfax campus

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 993-2474

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About Disability Services

As part of George Mason University’s continuing commitment to upholding the letter and spirit of the laws that ensure equal treatment of people with disabilities, the university established and maintains Disability Services. Under the administration of University Life, the center implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities.

As part of University Life’s commitment to recognizing and honoring the richness of diversity at George Mason University, Disability Services staff members actively participate in the campus-wide diversity dialogue. The office welcomes and encourages all students with disabilities, whether registered with Disability Services or not, to identify themselves as members of the disability community and to engage in the diversity dialogue on campus by getting involved with Disability Services and other multicultural programs and activities.

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