Graduate Student Disability Services

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The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine graduate programs actively recruit students with disabilities. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to reach out to explore how the university can provide reasonable and necessary accommodations. All services are confidential. We do not reveal the nature of your condition without your permission.


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. 

For Admitted Students

To begin the registration process with Student Disability Services and to establish eligibility for disability related accommodations and services, please complete and submit the SDS Online Affiliation Form and upload supporting documentation. Once your form and documentation are received, the next step in the process will be to meet with Ellen Kaplan, Assistant Director Student Disability Services/Learning Specialist to discuss your needs and potential accommodations. If you have any difficulty providing documentation or need more information about any aspect of the process, again please contact Ellen Kaplan in the Office of Student Disability Services.

For Prospective Students

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

Confidentiality/Self Advocacy

Disclosing all relevant information to 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 registered with Disability Services and approved to use accommodations or services, students have a choice about how much information is shared beyond that point and students retain the right to request/use accommodations or to elect not to. Disclosure is a personal choice and students are always free to provide whatever information they are comfortable sharing, but Disability Services processes preserve confidentiality for students who prefer to disclose only what is needed (the accommodation or services). 

Additional Information

A full description of the range of services is available through the University-wide Accessibility and Accommodations site.

Johns Hopkins University also has an Appeals/Grievance Procedures available for students who disagree with an accommodations determination or have concerns about accommodations or services.

The 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.