Students Already Registered with SSD
If Accommodations Are Needed, Request Them Each Quarter
Every quarter that you will be requesting accommodations, you will need to log onto SSD's database to request notifications. Please log on and request accommodation notifications for your professor no later than the second week of classes. If you request letters prior to the beginning of the quarter starting, SSD will arrange for your notifications to be emailed when classes start.
You will generally not need to submit additional documentation unless your condition changes, which is more likely to be the case if you have a psychological or health-related disability, or unless you are requesting additional or different accommodations.
Audio Books and E-Text
If you have been approved for the accommodation of recorded textbooks or e-text, please identify what books will be required in your classes and give SSD as much notice as possible that you need these books. This means it's a good idea to:
- Contact professors in advance of the course starting to identify required texts.
- Use this direct link to alternate media coordinator email address to notify us regarding which books we need to procure.
- Bring in any books not otherwise available so that we can convert them to e-text. When you bring in your books, please fill out our Scanning Request Form, which you can do in the office or print out and complete ahead of time by accessing our Scanning Request Form (Word doc).
If you experience difficulties at Northwestern, your initial thought may be that additional or revised accommodations are needed. However, we recommend that you first pursue one or more of the academic support or health and wellbeing resources listed on NUHelp. You may also benefit from developing individualized learning strategies, working with a coach, or having guided instruction in time-management, organization, or self-advocacy skills. For these final supports, we encourage you to set up an appointment with an SSD advisor, who can determine eligibility and meet with you for up to one hour per week in this capacity. Current SSD students and alumni who have utilized one or more of these resources and supports have shared that it made their transition to Northwestern a much smoother one.
Revisions of Accommodation Agreements Are Sometimes Necessary
If you think that you may need to revise your accommodation agreement, please make an appointment with the professional staff member with whom you originally met in order to determine what additional accommodations may be reasonable and what related additional testing or documentation may be required.