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Welcome to the OAE!

The mission of the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) is to promote an accessible and inclusive environment for all students with disabilities. Through both  academic and housing accommodations, we work to mitigate physical and attitudinal barriers that students might face. We are dedicated to supporting students with disabilities to give them the opportunity to perform at their highest academic potential. We also strive to promote the inclusive environment they need to experience full membership in our diverse Stanford community.

What is a disability?

Disability occurs on a spectrum. An individual with a disability is defined as someone with a physical or mental impairment which impacts that person’s major life activities. There isn’t an exhaustive list of disabilities; if you are experiencing limitations because of an impairment, you should get in touch with our office. Sometimes disability-related accommodations are simple -- a power door for example. Sometimes the accommodation(s) can be complex; our job is to work with you so that together we maximize your access.

Disabilities can be visible (such as someone who uses a wheelchair or a person who uses hearing aids or who uses a cane to assist with hearing loss). The majority of disabilities are  invisible (such as learning disorders, or depression, or someone who has a chronic illness.). Whether your disabilities are visible or invisible, temporary or chronic, the OAE wants to assist each individual find accommodations which work for them in a completely individualized process.

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Recent News

Jan 21 2021
Come join us at the Student Activities and Resource Fair on Wednesday, January 27 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST.  The OAE will be hosting a virtual booth via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to meet our Disability Advisers and get answers about: registering with our office, housing accommodations, academic accommodations, and more. We hope to see you there!
Dec 9 2020
The Office of Accessible Education will closed for the university’s winter closure beginning Friday, Dec. 11th, at 5pm.
Aug 4 2020
From our campus partners we want to share with you two informational websites with academic and campus information for 2020-21: Re-Approaching Stanford - for new and continuing undergraduates and their families: https://reapproaching.stanford.edu Grad Updates - for new and continuing graduate and professional degree students: https://gradupdates.stanford.edu