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Process for Registering

AccessibleNU-Q staff and students work together via an interactive process to determine appropriate academic accommodations, if any, for each student on a case-by-case basis.

How to register

1. Complete Application Form

Download and complete the AccessibleNU-Q Application to Register form

2. Submit Documentation of Your Condition

If you have documentation regarding your condition, please send (email or personally deliver) your documentation to AccessibleNU-Q.

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 AccessibleNU-Q to set up an appointment:

Note: In general, especially with conditions that are stable, documentation needs to be submitted to AccessibleNU-Q only once to register. However, after registering, you must request accommodations every semester for which you require them.

View documentation guidelines by condition type

3. Intake Appointment

At its core, the intake meeting is an interactive process during which you and the ANU-Q staff member discuss and agree upon possible services and accommodations.

Scheduling the Appointment

If you have filled out our ANU-Q application and/or submitted documentation of your condition, an AccessibleNU-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 ANU-Q staff member, contact AccessibleNU-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.

Intake appointments via phone

Students who are not local but hope to register prior to arriving on campus (which is recommended), can arrange for phone intake appointments.

How long does registration take?

You should plan for the process of registering with AccessibleNU-Q to take about 5 business days from the time you have completed the application and submitted documentation. If additional documentation is needed to support a particular request, the registration process will take longer.

Your responsibilities

Postsecondary education differs from earlier levels of education with regard to its support of students with disabilities and other conditions requiring accommodation. This is partly because different laws govern reasonable accommodation at the postsecondary and K-12 levels.

At Northwestern — and all other colleges and universities — it is the responsibility of you, the student to:

  • inform the appropriate department (which is AccessibleNU-Q at Northwestern University in Qatar), that you have a disability or other condition requiring accommodation
  • provide any necessary documentation
  • request accommodations and services, if needed

A student who has a disability or other condition but has not registered with AccessibleNU-Q is not entitled to services or accommodations. Moreover, our students must always be the one to initiate the request for accommodations or services; AccessibleNU-Q will not do it on your behalf or without your permission. Even if you don't request accommodations, we can provide relevant guidance and support.


AccessibleNU-Q maintains confidentiality of information, meaning that records contained in AccessibleNU-Q’s files are housed only in our center or on AccessibleNU-Q's internal database and are not part of your academic file.

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