Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), part of the Dean of Students Office, serves over 700 undergraduate, graduate, professional school, and School of Continuing Studies students between the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Northwestern, similar to most colleges and universities, does not have special admission criteria for students with disabilities; therefore, students with disabilities have met the same rigorous admissions standards that all Northwestern students have. The majority of students registered with the office (over 90%) have invisible disabilities such as learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, chronic health impairments, or psychological disabilities.

SSD has five primary functions:

  • Gather and evaluate documentation, information, and requests to determine eligibility for accommodations and services.
  • Provide, coordinate and facilitate reasonable accommodations and services.
  • Recommend modifications to improve access to University facilities and transportation services.
  • Provide information and training on disability-related topics to University faculty and staff.
  • Serve as a resource on disability information for the University community and visitors.