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Student Disability Access Office (SDAO)

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Welcome to the Student Disability Access Office

The staff at the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) welcomes you to Duke University. Our office has been charged with the responsibility of exploring possible coverage and reasonable accommodations for qualified undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are disabled in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Our goal is to provide and coordinate accommodations, support services and programs 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 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, blindness/low vision, deafness/hard of hearing, learning disabilities, mobility and chronic health, psychological disorders(including Autism Spectrum disorders) and other impairments.

The staff of the SDAO encourages and assists students in understanding the nature of their disability and it's impact on their living and learning at Duke University. Students are provided with opportunities to learn about their rights and responsibilities, procedures for requesting accommodations and about the wide range of programs and opportunities available at Duke University. The SDAO staff also seeks to help students become self-advocates in the university setting. Students are encouraged to learn to speak and act on their own behalf and gain self-advocacy skills that can be applied throughout their undergraduate years at Duke, as well as after graduate in their chosen careers.