Homewood Campus Accessibility Map now available!

See Information Guides for details.

Getting Started with SDS and How to Access Your Accommodations

  • New Students (first time working with SDS) will submit an Initial Request for accommodations through the AIM online application.
  • Returning Students (already have approved SDS accommodations) can access AIM here.

Winter Weather Travel Notice

Students who encounter campus access barriers on the Homewood campus due to inclement weather should contact Public Safety at 410-516-7777 (off-campus) OR 6-7777 (on-campus landlines).



To create an inclusive culture that celebrates disability as an area of diversity while ensuring equitable experiences for all students. ​​


Student Disability Services collaborates to create an inclusive community for students with disabilities by proactively removing barriers, raising awareness of equitable practices, and fostering an appreciation of disability as an area of diversity while utilizing a wide range of approaches from universal design to individualized accommodations. ​

Who We Serve

Student Disability Services (SDS) advises Johns Hopkins graduate and undergraduate students with disabilities on available services and accommodations.

6% of the student population across JHU (university-wide) receives services from SDS.

9% of students at JHU Homewood receive services from SDS.

Current Students with Approved Accommodations

New Accommodation Requests (Students requesting accommodations for the first time)

  • Students can begin an accommodation request with SDS Homewood first by completing the SDS Application Form
    • After submitting the online application form and uploading documentation to the portal — you will receive an email from SDS staff within 3 business days
      • This will be to schedule a phone or video (Zoom or Teams) meeting to discuss the request for accommodations
    • During this initial meeting, accommodations will be determined
    • After accommodations are approved, accommodation letters must be requested through your student portal for each new semester. Follow instructions on how to Request Letters in AIM.
    • For additional resources and more information check out the Newly-Admitted Students page and Documentation Guidelines for registering for accommodations

How to Schedule Exams for Fall 2023 (Students with exam accommodations)

PLEASE READ SDS TESTING POLICY AND PROCEDURES: Word Document: SDS Testing Policy_fall 2022_final

  • Log in to AIM and select “Alternative Testing” on the left-hand menu
  • Select your course from the drop down menu
    • if you do not see a course listed, your instructor has not yet completed the Accommodated Exam Agreement for this class
  • Click “Schedule Exam”
  • Read the Terms and Conditions of Scheduling Exam
  • Select the Request Type (i.e. quiz, exam, final, etc.) from the dropdown menu
  • Enter the Date and Time for your exam from drop down menu

Technology & Communications Access Note

With the move to remote course delivery, there may be a continuing adjustment to technologies. There may be additional, potential challenges in delivering accommodations; please reach out to SDS. Let SDS know if there is a need for additional accommodations or support.

Current COVID-19 Status for the Office

  • SDS is open and operating during usual business hours Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm ET
  • Appointments will be available by video or phone and can be scheduled during business hours. In person appointments are available upon request.

For Disability Accommodations and Services for all Schools (university-wide)

Additional Useful Information

SDS acknowledges the disruption and impact the coronavirus has had on the lives of many students with disabilities. Please contact your SDS coordinator for additional support. You can also find resources and updated information on the university’s operations and response on the Hopkins COVID-19 Info Page.

We wish you all the best with the semester!

~Student Disability Services (SDS) Staff~

Our office serves full-time graduate and undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, visiting college students in the JHU Summer Pre-College Programs, and visiting high school students in summer programs, Engineering Innovation sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering.

We work with the university’s central ADA Compliance Officer and comply with federal, state, and local disability regulations throughout our process.