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AccessibleNU-Q (formerly Services for Students with Disabilities) within the NU-Q department of student affairs, promotes a fully inclusive and accessible academic experience for all students, free from physical and attitudinal barriers, ensuring accessibility to all university programs. 

AccessibleNU-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 AccessibleNU-Q

To facilitate reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities or related conditions who are registered with AccessibleNU-Q and require accommodation

Please note that a student who has a disability or other condition but has not registered with AccessibleNU-Q is not considered a student with a disability by the University and therefore not entitled to services or accommodations, nor are any accommodations retroactive from before the point of their registration with our office. 

What Constitutes a Disability?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990:

An individual with a disability refers to an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities include learning, seeing, hearing, breathing, and many others. 

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 emphasizes that the definition of disability should be construed in favor of broad coverage of individuals to the maximum extent permitted by the terms of the ADA and generally shall not require extensive analysis.

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

How to Register for AccessibleNU-Q

Registration is a three-step process.

Learn more


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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