Accessibility Services

Disability Accommodations

Thomas Jefferson University is committed to providing equal education opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities, in accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Thomas Jefferson University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with disabilities to allow equal access and full participation to all University sponsored activities and programs.

Requesting an Accommodation

  1. Contact Accessibility Services at to address any initial questions you might have and arrange a meeting if needed.
  2. Fill out the the Student Accommodation Intake Form. The form can be submitted electronically to or by mail.
  3. Send in your documentation of your diagnosis and suggested accommodations from a qualified professional. Please go to the Documentation Standards page for more information.
  4. If you do not currently have documentation, or your documentation is not sufficient, you may utilize the Medical Intake Form. If you are requesting an Emotional Support Animal, please use the ESA Medical Intake Form.
  5. Once the intake form and documentation is received, an intake appointment will be scheduled to finalize accommodations as appropriate. The intake appointment can take place over the telephone or by Zoom, if necessary.

Accommodation Process

Reasonable accommodations are determined through a collaborative, individualized, and interactive process involving the Office of Student Affairs, student, and academic department. All accommodation requests must be supported by appropriate medical documentation to help the Office of Student Affairs in establishing disability, understanding how the disability may impact a student, and making informed decisions about reasonable accommodations.

Recommendations by properly credentialed professionals will be considered as part of the collaborative process toward identifying appropriate reasonable accommodations. These recommendations may be adopted when they provide equal access to services, courses and programs and are considered to be reasonable in nature. The Office of Student Affairs may substitute another reasonable accommodation, if it is considered to be as effective as the one requested or recommended. Documentation of a specific disability does not translate directly into a specific accommodation or set of accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case and course-by-course basis, according to the unique experience of the student and the course and/or program.

Technical Standards

Technical standards are the essential skills and characteristics required to complete a particular degree program. These requirements apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork environments. Students must be able to meet a program’s Technical Standards at all times during the course of study, with or without reasonable accommodations. The technical standards for your department can be found here.


All accommodation request documentation provided by a student will be maintained in the office of the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs. The documentation will be kept confidential, and will be distributed only to persons who are involved in evaluating the accommodation request or implementing accommodations. Any persons who receive accommodation documentation will be instructed to maintain its confidentiality and to neither discuss nor distribute it to anyone who is not involved in evaluating or implementing the accommodations.