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Seeking Accommodations

The Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) works with students to increase accessibility on campus in both academics and residential life. While having a neurodevelopmental condition does not necessarily mean you will need assistance, they can provide accommodations like extended time on assessments or assignments, accommodated dorm assignments and other help. Even if you are able to succeed academically without SDAO accommodations, they can help make life at Duke a little bit easier to handle.

The SDAO hosts student office hours. Click here to learn more.

What if I haven’t been approved for accommodations yet?

The approval process for accommodations can take a while, especially if you are getting tested during the semester. The best thing to do if you need accommodations in the moment is to communicate this to your Academic Dean or your professors to discuss your options.

Check out Dr. Tara Chandrasekhar, M.D. and Dr. Cort Schneider, the former Director of the Student Disability Access Office’s conversation about the basics of the accommodations process at Duke.


Academic Resource Center: Summer Services

The ARC is open and ready to support learning needs for online coursework.  Check out this video, which describes their services.

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is a low-energy, low commitment space for Duke students who want to hang out and meet people, but are happier in smaller groups. Events are sensory-friendly and low-pressure, and entirely optional – stay as long as you’re comfortable. This is not a therapeutic group and no diagnosis is needed – it is a space to meet and hang out with other cool people with similar interests.

Events are held monthly.

More information found here.  Please contact kimberly.blackshear@duke.edu for details.