SDS Registration

The Johns Hopkins School of Education is committed to making all academic programs, support services and facilities available to those that need accommodations.

Registering for Disability Services at the School of Education

All admitted SOE students with disabilities who wish to receive accommodations must first register with the SOE Student Disability Services (SDS) office.  Students must establish their need for accommodations through the SDS office, after which time all reasonable accommodations will be made. You will be asked to complete the following steps to register for disability services:

  1. Contact the SOE Disability Services (SDS) Office Contact the SDS Office to start the procedures to register for disability services by phone at (410) 516-9734 or email: You will be sent registration forms after initial contact with the SDS office.
  2. Complete the Registration Forms Complete the registration forms which will be sent to you after initial contact with the SDS office.  Return the completed forms with documentation (see documentation guidelines below) to the SDS Office.
  3. Send documentation In order to make the most appropriate accommodations for a student with a disability, it is necessary to have professional documentation to establish the student’s eligibility for services, explain how the disability limits essential life functions in the university setting, and recommend reasonable accommodations that will allow equal access to programs, services and activities at the university.  On letterhead of the professional with his/her credentials, the following information must be included: • Diagnosis • History of condition • Chronicity of condition • Functional limitations • Impact on academic setting • Treatment • Recommendations for accommodations To review documentation guidelines for your specific disability, visit:
  4. Schedule an appointment A personal interview (in-person or phone) with the SDS Office allows us an opportunity to get to know one another, discuss or establish the type of academic accommodations needed, assess accommodation options that may be best for you, discuss the documentation guidelines, and other procedures for requesting accommodations during your time as a student at SOE. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions or express concerns about accommodations and disability services. To schedule an appointment, contact the SDS office by e-mail at or or by phone at 410-516-9734.
  5. Approval process for accommodations After the SDS Office receives your information and paperwork requested above, please allow a week or longer for your request to be processed. You will be notified in writing of any approved accommodations.
  6. Requesting accommodations each semester After approved for accommodations, you must submit a Request for Accommodations form each semester with your course and instructor information to the SDS office. This form will be sent to you after your accommodations have been established. For more information, contact the SOE Student Disability Services (SDS) office at (410) 516-9734 or
    On the Disability Services menu page ( ) on the “Policy” box, replace the word “Policy” to “Policies and Procedures” ( ) and include the following: Policies and Procedures Documentation of a disability is necessary to establish that the individual currently requires accommodations due to the disability. Documentation should demonstrate that the physical or mental disability creates a substantial limitation to a major life activity and describe the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation in order to establish eligibility for protection under the law. An appropriately credentialed professional must provide documentation. For documentation guidelines, see:
    The student’s registration and documentation information will be sent to the Director of ADA Compliance at Johns Hopkins University for review. If there is a question about the documentation or recommendations, the provider will be contacted for clarification, and if necessary, more information will be requested. The provider will be contacted only after the student has signed an Authorization to Contact Physician/Health Care Provider form. The evaluation process includes a review of the documentation itself to ensure that the accommodations do not alter the fundamental goals and essential standards of the program or service in question. The review process may take up to 2 weeks to be completed. The student will be informed in writing of his/her accommodations (if approved) after submitting complete documentation and all necessary forms. Appropriate faculty, advisor, and center directors will be notified in writing of accommodations. Please note that the type of disability is not disclosed to the faculty, advisor, or center director. It is also recommended that the student speak with the instructor on the first day of class, identify themselves, and discuss the accommodations needed. The privacy rights of each person are honored to the fullest extent possible. This is particularly important to students who wish to maintain confidentiality regarding hidden disabilities but require special accommodations. All contact information and documentation received are maintained in secure, confidential files.
  • THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ACCOMMODATION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES/NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY The Johns Hopkins University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in any student program or activity administered by the University or with regard to admission or employment.
  • The University provides appropriate, necessary, and reasonable accommodation to qualified students, faculty, and staff who have a disability. When generally accessible facilities do not adequately accommodate a specific disability, the University makes program and/or facility adjustments as are reasonably necessary to assure individual access. Questions regarding Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 should be referred to the Director of Affirmative Action Programs, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218, 410-516-8075.
  • POLICY ON PERSONAL DEVICES AND SERVICES OF A PERSONAL NATURE Johns Hopkins University does not assume the responsibility for personal devices and services of a personal nature, including but not limited to the duties of personal aides who bathe, feed, dress, or provide personal assistance. It is the responsibility of students to interview, retain, assign duties and responsibilities, and pay personal aides.
  • ALTERNATE FORMS OF TESTING: A student may require an alternative form of testing if this is a recommendation in their physician’s documentation i.e. take home exams, oral exams, exams in separate rooms. Alternate forms of testing will be provided on a case-by-case basis depending on the requirements of the course.
  • EXTENDED TIME ON TESTS: The Johns Hopkins University does not allow its faculty to give untimed exams. Instead, if a student’s documentation requires that he or she have extended time on exams, it is recommended that the student be allowed up to 1.5 times the length of the maximum time of the exam. For example, if an exam were scheduled for 2 hours, the student would have a total of 3 hours to complete the exam.
  • POLICY ON TUTORING AS AN ACCOMMODATION The School of Education does not offer free in-house tutoring services to any of its students. Tutoring is a personal service for which the University does not pay.