Student Disability Services

Removing barriers to accessible and inclusive educational experiences for all students

A person with a disability is defined by Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended 2009 as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, who has a record of such impairment, or who is regarded as having such impairment.

Upon admission and prior to enrollment, students with a disability should provide documentation from an appropriate provider that identifies the type of disability, describes the current impact of the disability in an academic setting, and lists recommended accommodations, including any received from previous educational institutions.


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


Student Disability Services ensures accessible and inclusive educational experiences for all students by proactively removing barriers, raising awareness of equitable practices, and fostering an appreciation of disability as an area of diversity—utilizing a wide range of collaborative approaches from individualized accommodations to universal design.  

For Admitted Students

To begin the initial request process with Student Disability Services and to establish eligibility for disability related accommodations and services, please complete and submit the SDS Online Initial Form and upload supporting documentation. Once your form and documentation are received, the next step will be to meet with Tracey Cade, assistant director of Student Disability Services, to discuss needs and potential accommodations. If you have any difficulty providing documentation or need more information about any aspect of the process, please contact Tracey Cade in Student Disability Services | Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (

For Prospective Students

If you have questions regarding the process of obtaining accommodations, please email [email protected].


Disclosing all relevant information to Student Disability Services is essential to establishing a disability/eligibility for services or accommodations and ensuring what is provided will be effective in meeting needs. Once affiliated with Student Disability Services and approved to use accommodations or services, students have a choice about how much additional information is shared. Students retain the right to request/use accommodations or may elect not to. Disclosure is a personal choice. Students are always free to provide whatever information they are comfortable sharing, but Student Disability Services processes preserve confidentiality for individuals who prefer to disclose only what is needed (for the accommodation or services).

Additional Information

More information about requesting accommodations as student is available on the Office of Institutional Equity website along with the Appeals/Grievance Procedures for Student with Disabilities.

Please review the Rights and Responsibilities for admitted students who are receiving services through SDS.

Johns Hopkins University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status or veteran status in any program or activity administered by the university, or with regard to admission or employment.

Contact Information

Contact SDS at the School of Nursing:
Tracey Cade
Assistant Director of Student Disability Services
525 N. Wolfe St
Suite S320
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 443-287-5511
Email: [email protected]

Courtney Harris
Exam/Administrative Coordinator E. Baltimore Hub


Johns Hopkins University Office of Institutional Equity – Student Disability Services at Johns Hopkins University (university-wide)
346 Garland Hall/3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-516-1107