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.