MIT wants to ensure that your academic career here reflects your outstanding aptitude, knowledge, and skill, rather than measuring the shape of your disability.
Whether your disability is temporary or permanent, visible or hidden, MIT’s resources are designed to meet your needs.
MIT Disability and Access Services (DAS)
DAS ensures access for qualified students with disabilities, and consults on digital accessibility, assistive technology, and user experience. For example, staff can help with reading accommodations and additional time for a student with dyslexia, or ensuring physical access for a student in a wheelchair. Students with disability & access needs should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 617-253-1674.
DAS also provides assistive technology expertise, offering guidance and services to facilitate the use of assistive technology and access for persons with disabilities at MIT. DAS offers consultations on assistive technology and access, but does not make any decisions regarding disability accommodations. Accommodation discussions for students are offered by DAS.
MIT Student Mental Health & Counseling
Students are encouraged to reach out to SMH&C, who will work with you to understand and address problems. SMH&C is especially helpful with ongoing conditions such as anxiety and depression. During business hours, call (617)-253-2916; after hours, call (617)-253-4481. Learn about coverage for mental health services under your MIT student healthcare plan.
GradSupport staff in the Office of Graduate Education looks forward to building a relationship with you. They can provide advice and counsel on a variety of issues including faculty/student relationships, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, exploring a medical leave of absence, and a student’s rights and responsibilities. They can also help with excused absences and provide clarification about Graduate Policies and Procedures. To schedule appointments, please email email@example.com or call (617) 253-4860.
The following blog posts share the perspective of five MIT graduate students with disabilities:
- Holidazed and Confused: A guide to MIT’s institutional resources
- Overcoming Anxiety: How my first year of graduate school pushed me to reach out for help
- When It’s Hard to Talk: Cultivating meaningful relationships in graduate school despite social anxiety
- Ask and you shall receive: How grad school put me on a healthier path
- Fighting Depression: The importance of seeking help and building a support system