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Student Disability Access Office (SDAO)

The SDAO’s 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a student with a disability?

A student with a disability is one who has a medical condition that substantially limits or restricts one or more major life activities. Disabilities include, but are 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.

What types of accommodations are available?

All accommodations and services are individualized and based on the student’s medical condition and functional limitations. Current documentation from the student’s medical provider showing the student’s functional limitations as well as recommendations for necessary accommodations are reviewed. Academic as well as non-academic accommodations, such as housing and transportation accommodations, may be provided through the SDAO. The SDAO also provides a variety of assistive technologies such as assistive listening devices, specialized software, and books in alternative formats to students qualifying for services. Please visit for a more comprehensive list of available assistive technologies.

For specific questions, contact, (919) 668-1267, or dial 711 for relay service within the United States.