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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 Sarah Gould, SDS Specialist, in the Student Affairs Office.

Disability Defined

The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability.

Disability Services

In order to ensure a smooth transition to secure reasonable accommodations, students may request disability related accommodations or services by completing the registration steps below. Students are encouraged to identify themselves as early as possible since some accommodations may take time to put in place.

How to Register

1. 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 Registration Form and upload supporting documentation.

Once your form and documentation are received, the next step in the process will be to meet with an SDS professional staff member to discuss your needs and potential accommodations. If you have any difficulty providing documentation or need more information about any aspect of the process, please contact

*Review our Documentation Guidelines.  For students with learning related disabilities, a full neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation is typically needed to be able to provide accommodations and services in the most effective way.

2. Schedule a meeting with Sarah Gould. This step is essential in establishing eligibility and determining accommodations or services. Student reported information about the impact of the disability, needs and any accommodations or services that worked in the past is essential to the process. Appointments can happen in person, remotely or by phone.


Accommodations and services are provide once the registration process has been completed and eligibility has been established. Since the process can take some time, we encourage student to begin the process well in advance of the start of their program or as soon as possible when a need arises so that services or accommodations can be coordinated in a timely way.

Relevant dates to receive priority for particular accommodations will be provided on the Disability Services pages at each school. Accommodations may be requested at any time but are not retroactive.

Temporary and Provisional Accommodations

Students with injuries or concussion may need temporary accommodations for a short term disability. Provisional accommodations may be provided while students are seeking an evaluation to determine the presence of a disability or the specific services or accommodations needed. Please contact the Disability Services staff member at your school to discuss your particular situation/needs and to determine what is possible.

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).


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.

Grievance Procedures


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

Sarah Gould
Student Disability Services Specialist
PLC 107, Thursdays or by email appointment

Deb Gould
Case Manager
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
1 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202-2397
Phone 667-208-6703
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