Office of Accessible Education

Stanford offers a variety of accommodations for students with disabilities. Accommodations are determined and provided based upon the student's disability and the academic requirements of the school or program.

The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) provides services and resources to students with disabilities. Students who may be eligible for services have a variety of disabilities, including mobility impairments, chronic illnesses, sensory disabilities, learning disabilities, and psychological disabilities. The office’s goal is to enable students with disabilities to participate fully in the educational experience at Stanford while meeting the academic standards maintained by the University. In accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the OAE offers an array of accommodations and auxiliary aids and services to students with documented disabilities. Direct support services include, but are not limited to, note taking, conversion of documents to Braille or electronic text, oral or sign language interpretation, examination accommodations, and special housing arrangements. The OAE supports a variety of assistive computer technology applications throughout the University. These applications are intended to assist students in meeting their academic objectives and support their learning needs. Assistive technology software such as screen magnification, speech recognition, text-to-speech screen readers, and graphic outliners are available from any of the computing clusters in Meyer, Tresidder, and the residences, as well as the Lane and SSRC Reading Rooms in Green Library.

It is important for students and families to be aware that U.S. law concerning students with disabilities differs between secondary schools and higher education institutions. SUMMER COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE REGISTERED AS VISITING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY. AS SUCH, THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS AFFECTING STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION, RATHER THAN STUDENTS IN SECONDARY/ HIGH SCHOOLS, GOVERN THEIR STUDENT RECORDS AND ACCESSABIILTY ACCOMMODATIONS. Students or parents/guardians who have questions or concerns about these differences or possible accommodations should contact the OAE as soon as possible after being admitted to the program. It is important that students and families consider these differences carefully before the start of term.

More information is available at the Office of Accessible Education website