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Receiving accommodations is an interactive process. At the intake meeting, you and your AccessibleNU-Q Advisor will discuss and agree upon possible services and accommodations. If changes to your accommodations need to be made at a later time, make an appointment to talk with your advisor. 

Note: Intake appointments scheduled after week 6 of a given semester will generally apply to the following term.  Accommodations only begin at the point of registration and are not retroactive to the beginning of the semester. Any exceptions to this guideline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

How to register

1. Complete Application Form

Any student seeking an accommodation must complete Accessible NU-Q's online application.

2. Documentation Guidelines

If you have documentation regarding your condition, please upload your documentation to the online application. Alternatively, you may email your documentation to If you do not have documentation and/or would like to meet to discuss questions or concerns regarding registering with the office, please call or email Accessible NU-Q to set up an appointment.

3. Intake Appointment

After reviewing your application and documentation, typically within a week, an Accessible NU-Q staff member will contact you to meet for an intake appointment or to request additional information.

 If one week has passed since you filled out an application and/or submitted documentation and you have not been contacted by an Accessible NU-Q staff member, contact Accessible NU-Q to ensure that we have received your application materials and to request an intake appointment.

Intake appointments will generally not be scheduled after week after week 12 of a semester; instead, you can schedule an intake appointment at the beginning of the following semester. Any exceptions to this guideline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

What happens during the intake appointment?

You will discuss any documentation regarding your disabling condition and functional limitations. Note:

  • A diagnosis of a disorder, condition, or syndrome in and of itself does not automatically qualify an individual for accommodations
  • The condition must have a significant, adverse impact on the student's functioning in order to qualify for accommodations
  • If a student's documentation (if provided) is unclear, it may be referred to other professionals on the home campus for review and recommendation.
  • Additional information may be requested to verify a student's condition or to substantiate particular accommodation requests especially when a student is not able to clarify the need for a particular accommodation.

During your intake appointment, you will sign an agreement listing your accommodations ("accommodation agreement") once they have been thoroughly discussed and agreed upon.

If necessary, and often based on the differing nature of your courses or changes in your condition, adjustments can be made to your accommodation agreement throughout your time at Northwestern University in Qatar. In order to make any changes, you will need to contact the AccessibleNU-Q staff member to determine changes and sign a new accommodation agreement.



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 (in English) from an appropriate licensed professional in The State of Qatar 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.
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