by Caitlin Marquis, Admissions Counselor
UNH’s Campus Access Services office (CAS) is the first stop on campus for students with disabilities or self-identified learning disorders.
Located on the ground floor of Sheffield Hall, CAS is dedicated to helping UNH students attain equal access to all of the University’s academic programs and campus services.
CAS provides its students with a wide range of services, both in and out of the classroom. Academic services include arranging additional time for testing, note taking, and reading assistance as well as coordinating the use of assistive software and technology. Additional accommodations include coordinating access to the University’s buildings and arranging for accessible rooms in campus housing.
According to the CAS web page, support services are provided free of charge to eligible students with disabilities that include, but aren’t limited to, the following categories: learning disabilities; attention deficit disorders; vision, hearing, and speech impairments; head injuries and other health-related issues.
Eligible students can also participate in an additional CAS-sponsored new-student summer orientation program called D.R.E.A.M. — Defeating Roadblocks in Education through Awareness and Mentoring. This program offers students the opportunity to move into their residence hall room a few days ahead of schedule, allowing them a little extra time on campus to acclimate before classes begin and familiarize themselves with campus resources.
Students who feel they are eligible for CAS assistance are responsible for contacting the office. The staff can be reached at (203) 932-7332 or by email at CampusAccess@newhaven.edu. A full description of services offered though CAS is available online at www.newhaven.edu/campusaccess.