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Originally published in The Conversation on 06 April 2021.


An Interactive Visual Database for American Sign Language Reveals How Signs Are Organized In The Mind

By Zed Sevcikova Sehyr, San Diego State University, Ariel Golderg, Tufts University, Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University, Naomi Caselli, Boston University


“Language is at the heart of all human communities, and sign languages are no exception. There is much work to be done to ensure full equity for all deaf people. Our ASL-LEX project provides a window into ASL and, by extension, the linguistic minds of those who use the language. Our team has envisioned many ways ASL-LEX could be used, but it is the thousands of unexpected ways that researchers, educators, community members and artists could use it that we are truly excited about.” Read full article here.

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The Office of Disability Services works with faculty, staff, students, and employees to ensure equal access and opportunity at Cambridge College.

Any decision regarding accommodations is a collaborative undertaking. The Office of Disability Services coordinates support for students with disabilities and assists in:

  • Academic accommodation
  • Referrals
  • Adapted classroom activities
  • Alternative text
  • Coordination of outside providers
  • Classroom accommodations (physical environment)
  • Questions about/support for students with Service Animals
  • Other special needs.

Note: It is the responsibility of the student to self-disclose disability and to request assistance by filling out a Student Application for Accommodations.

Many accommodations take time to arrange and should be requested in advance. Students are encouraged to make requests for accommodations prior to the beginning of the semester. 

For general information, please see our Student Information Handout here.

To apply to be a Peer Note Taker (paid position) please create an account and fill out an application.


Steps to Receiving Services

To apply for the accommodations under the Federal law commonly known as the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, students need to follow these steps:

  • Fill out the Student Request for Services form at
  • Submit clinical documentation (either via the form above, email, fax, or US mail) to the Office of Disability Support. This could be from a primary care doctor, a therapist, VA, or other medical professional that indicates your diagnosis, the functional limitations, as well as recommended accommodations for you as a student at Cambridge College. It has to be on an official letterhead and signed by a medical professional.
  • Meet with a representative from the Office of Disability Support to discuss the accommodation needs. Intake could be done via zoom or phone call, or in-person when possible.
  • Students are provided with an accommodation letter, which they submit to their professor and have a follow-up discussion regarding the implementation of the accommodations.

If you have any questions, please contact Vera Dimoplon at

Summer 2020-2021 accommodations

Dear Students,

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Support and are planning to take summer classes, please consider requesting your accommodation letters early. This will allow the ODS time to secure the help you need in order to be successful in your classes on the first day of the summer term.

To request your accommodation letter(s), please email me at and put "Request for Accommodation Letter" in the Subject line. 

Best regards,

Vera Dimoplon, M.A., M.A.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, DSO

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Dear Students,


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Meeting ID: 932 2722 8942


If you cannot attend during my office hours, please reach out to me with your availability to schedule a meeting. 

Kind regards,

Vera Dimoplon, MA, MA

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, DSO

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