Information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Student Accessibility Support provides a range of supports to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities.

Requesting Accommodations

Disclosing a disability and requesting accommodations are personal decisions. Brandeis does not require you to disclose the existence of a disability, but requesting accommodations does require that you disclose your disability. Be sure to contact SAS as soon as possible to ensure all your accommodations are delivered in a timely manner.

If you are ready to request accommodations, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Submit sufficient documentation of disability condition.
    One of the important steps in receiving accommodations at Brandeis is to submit documentation of your condition. For more information on what kind of documentation we are looking for and how to submit documentation, please check out the Providing Documentation webpage on Student Accessibility Support’s website.  Of course, we are also happy to talk with you about documentation, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions at access@brandeis.edu.
  2. Schedule a meeting with SAS.
    After submitting your documentation, please call the Academic Services main phone line at 781-736-3470 to schedule a meeting with a SAS accessibility specialist.
  3. Determine reasonable accommodations.
    Meet with an accessibility specialist to discuss your personal history and the accommodations you are requesting as part of the interactive process.  Accommodations are based on two considerations: the specific nature of the student's disability condition, and also, the educational or testing environment in which the student will be functioning. Each student's accommodation request/s are considered on a case-by-case basis.

After the meeting with an accessibility specialist, SAS will prepare an accommodation letter for you to take to each instructor, and will help coordinate other supports as necessary.  Taking these letters to instructors serves as the official notification to faculty of their need to provide accommodations. More importantly, though, students are best served when they use the letters to facilitate communication and self-advocacy, and as a starting point for an ongoing conversation with their faculty members.

Other Pertinent Information for Graduate Students

Grievance or Appeals Procedure

If a student has a concern about a disability accommodation that was denied or only partially granted by Student Accessibility Support (SAS) or a concern about how a disability accommodation (approved by SAS) is being implemented in the classroom, that student may be able to file a grievance.

For more information, see the ADA/Section 504 Student Grievance Process on the Office of Equal Opportunity website.