Accessibility

All Institute spaces are wheelchair-accessible:

  • There are wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, elevators, and automatic doors in South College, Old Chapel, Campus Center, Roots Cafe, Bezanson, and the residence halls.
  • A parking lot with several accessible parking spots is located on the south-facing side of South College Building, and about 200 yards to the west of Old Chapel.
  • We will maintain clear pathways for folks who use wheelchairs and other access devices in our event spaces.
  • It takes five–twenty minutes to move between event spaces in a wheelchair.
  • We provide shuttle transport for any participant who would like it
  • The UClub and Bezanson (locations for our evening events on Friday) do not have automatic doors or elevators, but all events and restrooms will be accessible by wheelchair.
  • If you need additional assistance navigating Institute spaces, please contact a staff member.

Some of the bathrooms on UMass Campus are single-occupancy, accessible, and are designated “All Gender,” including bathrooms in South College and Old Chapel where most of our programming takes place.

We have designated specific bathrooms, residence suites, classrooms, and event seating as “Scent-Safer”:

  • Please choose chemical and fragrance-free products as much as possible this week, in order to make Institute events accessible to those community members with chemical sensitivities.
  • We will not be monitoring anyone’s use of them; however, we ask all participants to be aware that certain products can create access barriers for others wishing to use the same spaces.

In order to maintain a safe environment for community members with airborne food allergies, please refrain from bringing snacks containing nuts into event and classroom spaces or the residence halls.

Juniper provides a free on-campus shuttle between the residence halls and event locations. Seating is limited to eleven. Please show your name badge in order to board.

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), our local public transportation system, has several area buses that are free to the public. Juniper staff are happy to help you read the maps and schedules in your registration folder.

Meals provided with the cost of tuition. Dinners on Sunday and Friday will provide options for any folks who have reported dietary needs in their registration. The dining hall provides vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Please introduce yourself to the managers/chef at the dining commons for assistance. If you’d like to make an appointment with the dietician, please call: 413-545-2472

Juniper is able to provide communication access in collaboration with UMass Amherst office of Disability Services (413-545-0892), with advance notice. If you are in need of these services and haven’t included it in your registration information, please contact a staff person.

Service Animals are trained to do work or perform tasks for folks with disabilities. They are working animals so it is important not to distract them by talking to them or petting them. We ask the Juniper community to join us in respecting the rights of individuals who use service animals.

Seasonal allergens in the Connecticut River Valley can be intense in June, especially for folks who are from outside the region. If you experience the effects of tree, flower, or grass pollens, please come prepared with your choice of allergy medicines!


Please work with us to remove access barriers so that more people are able to enjoy the magic of Juniper. If you have feedback, questions or suggestions about accessibility, please reach out to us at juniperinstitute@hfa.umass.edu.