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A Note From the Director

Welcome to Hope College’s Disability Services website. It is great to be a part of an organization that values all individuals and celebrates life and abilities in the Christian context. We have been working toward inclusion, accessibility, and awareness since 1987 when this program was put in place. At that time we served thirty-two self-identified students with disabilities.

Our campus, nestled in downtown Holland Michigan, is a great mixture of grand historical buildings, some mid-nineteenth century structures, and many wonderful new or newly renovated facilities. Needless to say, there have been many architectural challenges with our older buildings and a good deal of educating about why we would not only follow ADA requirements, but move toward universal design. Hope always has been about not "doing things the right way," but rather "doing the right things."

It is our goal to provide an all-inclusive and accepting environment for all persons on the Hope Campus. In Disability Services we strive to achieve this by not only promoting the removal of physical and architectural barriers, but by promoting awareness with the entire campus community.

I think you'll agree that Hope’s campus is a very beautiful place to live and learn. Our standards remain high. Our students are accommodated whenever possible to assure opportunities to demonstrate skills and knowledge on an equal and fair playing field.

If you have questions after looking through our pages, please feel free to send an email or call. I look forward to hearing from you.

Louise Shumaker

E. Louise Shumaker
Director of Disability Services
Dewitt Center
Hope College
Holland Michigan 49423
Phone: (616) 395-7805
shumaker@hope.edu