Student Disability Access Office (SDAO)

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, mobility and chronic health, psychological disorders (including Autism Spectrum disorders), and other impairments.


Who is a student with a disability?

A student with a disability is one who has an impairment or condition that substantially limits or restricts one or more major life activities.

What types of accommodations are available?

All accommodations and services are individualized and based on the student’s impairment and limitations. Current documentation from the student’s medical provider showing the student’s functional limitations as well as recommendation for necessary accommodations is reviewed. If necessary, the SDAO will consult with expert consultants who specialize in the individual’s impairment or condition to determine the most reasonable accommodation(s). Academic, as well as non-academic, accommodations are provided through the SDAO. We also provide a variety of assistive technologies such as assistive listening devices and books in alternative formats to students qualifying for services.

Where is the SDAO located?

Our offices are located in an accessible location at 402 Oregon Street, Suite 102. You may reach the SDAO Director by calling 919-668-1267 or by emailing

When should I submit my materials to the SDAO?

Students should submit a Request for Consideration for Reasonable Accommodations form and supporting medical and academic documentation as soon as possible or upon matriculation. Our online request form, documentation guidelines, and other useful information can be found on our website:


  • We’d love for you to schedule a time to discuss and explore possible accommodations. Call 919-668-1267.

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