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General Information

Office of Student Affairs, Unger Lounge

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University values diversity and inclusion. We are committed to a climate of mutual respect and civility among members of our community. Peabody recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity that adds richness to our community. To this end, Disability Resources in the Student Affairs Office collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming. However, there may be times when there are aspects of the instruction or design of courses that result in barriers to inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement. Students with disabilities who anticipate barriers to full participation in courses and/or campus activities are encouraged to contact Debra R. Gould, Case Manager, in the Student Affairs Office.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to secure reasonable accommodations, students may sign up for services by completing the forms listed below. Students are encouraged to identify themselves as early as possible since some accommodations may take time to put in place. Even if a student does not anticipate needing any accommodations at this time, we encourage students to bring or send in documentation and contact the disability resources coordinator. In this way, this office will be ready to move with expediency on a request that may surface at a later date.


The guidelines about documentation of a disability have been established by the Johns Hopkins University Office of ADA Compliance and Disability Services, and are as follows:

  • Documentation must be completed and signed by a qualified professional with relevant expertise in the disability in question.
  • Documentation must describe the current functional limitations resulting from a disability and should include any relevant evaluations or diagnostic test scores.
  • Documentation must include a summary of the history of the disability.
  • Documentation should include a list of recommended accommodations that will address the functional limitations of the disability.
  • Documentation must refer to a recent diagnostic test or medical review, based on the type of disability.

More specific information can be found in the documents below (created by JHU Disability Services) or by visiting the website of the Office of Institutional Equity and Disability Services.


This document should be completed by all Peabody students who seek accommodations and should accompany required documentation
This document should be completed by your physician and should accompany the Disability Accommodations Form.
Documentation Guidelines for Student With Disabilities
Created by the Office of ADA Compliance and Disability Services


The director of student affairs maintains records of all disability accommodations.  These records are kept confidential and are retained in the office for seven years from date of graduation or last date of attendance at the Conservatory.


Questions about disability resources and requests for accommodations at the Peabody Conservatory should be directed to the Student Affairs Office.

Debra R. Gould
Case Manager

Office of Student Affairs
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
1 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202-2397
Phone 667-208-6700

Peabody students who take classes at Homewood should also coordinate with Disability Services on the Homewood campus.

Terri Massie-Burrell, PhD
Director of Student Disability Services for Homewood Students

Garland Hall, Room 385
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone 410-516-6103

The University ADA Compliance Officer serves as the central point of contact for information on physical and programmatic access, resolution of complaints and problems, faculty and staff concerns, and identification of available services.

Office of Institutional Equity
3400 N. Charles St.
Garland Hall, Suite 130
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone (410) 516-8075
Fax (410) 516-5300
TTY 711, MD Relay