Accessible Education Office

Louise H. Russell, Director
20 Garden Street
Tel: 617-496-8707; Fax: 617-495-0815
V/TTY 617-496-3720 (Services for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students)

The University does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in admission or access to programs and activities. Federal law defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or restricts the condition, manner, or duration under which an average person in the population can perform a major life activity, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, or taking care of oneself.

The Accessible Education Office (AEO) serves as the central campus resource for Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) students with documented physical, mental health, and learning disabilities. Some students may just want to discuss difficult situations and not request any services at all. The process of serving 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 to AEO, assuming responsibility for becoming familiar with AEO and University policies, as well as overseeing the effectiveness and quality of resources and services.

Students are encouraged to make initial contact with AEO upon admission or as soon as health-related concerns arise. Confidential discussions should occur between students and AEO as soon as possible to avoid service delays. Students may want to learn more about permanent or temporary academic or housing accommodations, accessible transportation, adaptive technology, and other academic adjustments consistent with University policies by reviewing the Website and contacting AEO directly. For a more comprehensive description of AEO services, policies and documentation requirements, visit AEO at, contact AEO at, or call 617-496-8707 Voice, or 617-496-3720 V/TDD. Students who are dissatisfied with their accommodations may wish to exercise their right to submit a grievance and may refer to for details about the grievance procedure.