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Accommodation Resources for Students with Disabilities


AccessibleNU (ANU) supports and empowers students with disabilities by collaborating with the Northwestern community to ensure equal access to fully participate in the academic learning environment. Students who have disabilities, have utilized a 504 Plan or Individualized Education Plan in K–12, or have been approved for classroom accommodations in other educational contexts are encouraged to learn more about ANU and the University’s accommodation process. Examples of disabling conditions might include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, generalized anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, Crohn’s disease, chronic migraines, and more.

The process for classroom accommodation determination has two steps:

  1. Complete AccessibleNU's online registration application.
  2. If you have documentation regarding your condition, please upload or email it to AccessibleNU. If you do not have documentation and/or would like to discuss the accommodation determination process, please call or email AccessibleNU to set up an appointment.

Usually within a week of receipt of your application and documentation, an AccessibleNU staff member will contact you to set up an intake appointment or to request additional information.

If you are interested in ANU as a resource for classroom accommodations, please start ANU's registration process in early July to ensure timely accommodation planning.

 ANU keeps your information confidential in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; your information is not included in your academic records.

Summer Placement Exam Accommodations

If you need accommodations for an online placement exam, plan to initiate the ANU application process four weeks in advance of your placement test. Please note that foreign language placement exams are not timed.