The Accessible Education Office (AEO) serves as the central campus resource for students with visible and invisible disabilities to identify barriers and implement plans for access at Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).
AEO staff are available for both general consultations and more structured Access Meetings to determine formal accommodation plans, and some students may simply want to discuss difficult situations and not request any accommodations at all. The accommodation process for students with disabilities in University-sponsored programs and activities is a collaborative one, with students expected to take the lead in self-disclosing to AEO in a timely manner, providing requested documentation that will assist in determining reasonable accommodations.
Students are encouraged to make initial contact with AEO upon admission or as soon as mental or physical health-related concerns arise. To begin the registration process, students are asked to fill out a form on the AEO website under the new or returning student section. A staff member will then reach out to schedule a meeting to discuss together the impact of potentially inaccessible environments and course elements that may require academic adjustments or the use of auxiliary aids. Students may want to learn more about permanent or temporary academic or housing accommodations, accessible transportation, assistive technology, and other academic adjustments by reviewing the website and contacting AEO directly. For a more comprehensive description of AEO services, policies and documentation requirements, visit the AEO website, contact AEO at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 617-496-8707. Students who are dissatisfied with their accommodations may wish to exercise their right to submit a grievance and may refer to the AEO website for details about the grievance procedure.