Skip to content Skip to navigation

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.


Recent News

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: Grad Updates - for new and continuing graduate and professional degree students:
Jul 27 2020
Housing Accommodation Request Forms (HARFs) for undergraduates returning to campus in Autumn Quarter 2020-21 are due this Friday, July 31st at 5 pm. Don't forget to apply on Axess, too!
Jun 5 2020
The Office of Accessible Education stands in solidarity with our Black community members who are struggling through this racial injustice and violence against them. This extends to Black disabled, Black queer and trans, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Together with you, we grieve the loss of life and well-being.