Students

Virtual Office Hours

The Student Disability Access Office will have virtual office hours via Zoom every Monday - Friday from 10:00 -11:00 am and 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Click on the Zoom link Virtual Office Hours and a case manager will admit you to answer any questions you may have. Dr. Cort Schneider will also be available for Conversations with the Director every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 -1:30 pm. 

*The Student Disability Access Office will not have afternoon virtual office hours Friday, July 2. Our office will also be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the holiday.*  

Student Disability Access Office Mission

The Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to our campus community. Accessibility is an essential feature of the Duke campus, and we strive to create an inclusive community for our students. We strive to ensure that students with disabilities are provided the tools they need to fully access all aspects of student life inside and outside of the classroom.

CORE FUNCTIONS OF SDAO

  • Partner with students with disabilities to establish services for their access and inclusion on campus
  • Manage, coordinate, implement and evaluate accommodation/service programs
  • Serve as a resource to students/faculty/staff to ensure effective provision of services
  • Provide educational and resource support to the campus community to increase awareness regarding how to create and sustain access and inclusion for students with disabilities in all aspects of the university
  • Provide resource and referral information to the campus community and prospective student and their families

SDAO works with each student individually to establish academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services, more frequently referred to as academic accommodations for the purpose of eliminating the environmental barriers impacting the student’s equitable access to the campus facilities, programs and activities. To find out more information about how to establish services with SDAO you can contact us in the following ways.

Email: sdao@duke.edu

Phone: (919) 668-1267

Requesting Accommodations

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Request Accommodations

How to request reasonable accommodations for a disability
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Student Resources

Resources for students requesting academic and housing accommodations
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Blue Devil Access Mentor Program

A peer mentor program connecting first year students with sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students
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Review and Implementation Process

SDAO's process for reviewing requests and implementing accommodations
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Semester Renewal Instructions

Steps to renew approved accommodations each semester

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.

Dr. Schneider and Dr. Tara Chandrasekhar with Neurodiversity Connections discuss the role of SDAO and demystify accommodations at Duke.