Students

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:
Student's request for accommodations generally will not be reviewed prior to the student’s formal matriculation to Duke University. However, you are welcome to speak to an SDAO staff member regarding disability related concerns or any of the available accommodations and services.
 
Completed files, which include requests and documentation, are reviewed in the order in which they are received.  As we make every attempt to review files as quickly as possible, during high–volume times, this process may take up to four weeks.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at (919) 668-1267.

Requesting Accommodations

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Request Accommodations (Current students)

How to request reasonable accommodations for a disability
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Request Deadlines

Deadlines for submitting requests for academic and housing accommodations
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Medical Documentation Guidelines

Guidelines for documenting disorders/impairments
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Review and Implementation Process

SDAO's process for reviewing requests and implementing accommodations

Student Disability Access Office

Welcome to Duke University from the staff at the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO)! The SDAO is the office on campus that has been charged with and is committed to providing educational opportunities for students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
 
The SDAO uses a multifaceted team-based approach to determine eligibility for services and accommodations to qualified first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as graduate and professional students. Our goal is to provide and coordinate accommodations that enable students with disabilities to have equal access to all Duke University programs and activities. Services and accommodations are provided to students with a variety of disabilities including, but not limited to, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, blindness/low vision, deafness/hard of hearing, learning disabilities, psychological disorders (including Autism Spectrum disorders), mobility, and chronic health as well as other medical conditions.