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Accessible NU-Q

Accessible NU-Q within the NU-Q office of academic advising and student success, promotes a fully inclusive and accessible academic experience for all students, free from physical and attitudinal barriers, ensuring accessibility to all university programs. 

Accessible NU-Q serves, supports, and empowers Northwestern students with disabilities by ensuring equal access to fully participate in academic programming and all other facets of University life. 

Role of Accessible NU-Q

Please note that a student who has a disability or other condition but has not registered with Accessible NU-Q is not considered a student with a disability by the University and therefore not entitled to services or accommodations. Further, accommodations only begin at the point of registration and are not retroactive to the beginning of the semester.


To be eligible for accommodations, students must have a visibly obvious or documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA; as amended) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. Under the ADA and Section 504, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, learning, sitting, breathing, or or taking care of oneself.

Accessible NU-Q requests disability-related documents from an appropriate licensed professional to certify a student as having a disability and to determine reasonable accommodations. Students who suspect that they have a disability are welcome to schedule an information and referral meeting with an Accessible NU-Q Advisor.

Common conditions

Any student with one or more conditions that interfere with major life activities may qualify for accommodations. AccessibleNU-Q provides services to students with various conditions including, but not limited to:

  • learning disabilities
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • sensory impairments
  • mobility impairments
  • diagnosed psychological conditions
  • chronic medical conditions
  • life-threatening food allergies

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are unsure if you qualify for accommodations, please email


Registration is a three-step process.

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Students registered with AccessibleNU-Q and those considering registering with AccessibleNU-Q can rest assured that inquiries and conversations with AccessibleNU-Q staff will remain confidential.

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