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The Community

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Our community encompasses a broad range of individuals and conditions. It is essential that we embrace and acknowledge these differences to accommodate and support those with disabilities within Stanford's larger diverse communities. 

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More to Know About the Disability Experience

Disability and College

College can be as daunting as it is exciting. Embarking in a higher education and starting this new chapter in one's life can be stressful, especially when paired with a disability. It is important to look at the resources that are offered for a more accessible experience and to connect with others who may share a community with you. The Disability Community Space strives for equity and to create a space that is nurturing and educational. If you are curious about disability, are looking to find community, or want to partake in the myriad of initiatives on campus for students with disabilities, please consider becoming a part of this space.

What Is Ableism? How Do You Identify Microaggressions?

Disability is complex. The term houses a variety of different conditions including but not limited to physical disabilities, learning disabilities, neurodiversity, and mental illness.  Ableism is the discrimination towards individuals with disabilities. This highly oppressive behavior goes against the mission of Stanford and will not be tolerated. Stanford is committed to non-discrimination and the University's compliance is monitored through the Diversity and Access Office. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to recognize discrimination as it may show up in the form of a microaggression. Comments or actions that feel uncomfortable or uneasy are microaggressions that could very well be targeting an individual from a specific community. In the Disability Community Space, we aim to provide a place that offers safety and protection from these discriminatory actions. To also combat ableism at Stanford, we have the Protected Identity Harm Reporting to support students in marginalized communities who have been targeted. Please know that if you feel targeted, you are not alone. Along with the resources provided at the university, the Disability Community Space aims to support and assist students who feel that they have been subjected to acts of hate and ableism. 

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Quick Links

Stanford Organizations

OAE (Office of Accessible Education) 

The mission of the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) is to promote an accessible and inclusive environment for all students with disabilities. Through both academic and housing accommodations, we work to mitigate physical and attitudinal barriers that students might face. We are dedicated to supporting students with disabilities to give them the opportunity to perform at their highest academic potential. We also strive to promote the inclusive environment they need to experience full membership in our diverse Stanford community.

Black Disabled Lives Matter

The Office of Accessible Education stands in solidarity with our Black community members who are struggling through this racial injustice and violence against them. This extends to Black disabled, Black queer and trans, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Together with you, we grieve the loss of life and well-being. 

Diversity and Access Office 

The Diversity and Access Office ensures University-wide compliance with federal, state, and local regulations concerning non-discrimination and disability access. Our mission is to advance Stanford's commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action goals as well as to foster an inclusive and accessible community for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. For non-academic & non-housing accommodations (e.g. events).

SNP (Stanford Neurodiversity Project) 

Neurodiversity is a concept that regards individuals with differences in brain function and behavioral traits as part of normal variation in the human population. For clinical & college-transitional resources

Mental Health Resources (via Vaden) 

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. For a variety of Stanford mental health organizations & other non-organizational resources.

Students with Disabilities (via Student Affairs)

For a quick overview of Stanford-Affiliated and Non-Stanford Affiliated Resources.

Campus Access Guide 

The Diversity and Access Office, in conjunction with the Maps and Records Department, has compiled the Stanford University Campus Access Guide, an online system of maps detailing wheelchair accessibility and other disability access information for campus venues. We hope this information is helpful to our faculty, staff, and students, and visitors of the University. This project is ongoing; information will be continually added and updated.

Stanford's Disability Website 

Active. Engaged. Proud. Disability Matters @ Stanford. For information on initiatives and guides to help support disability justice and accessibility at Stanford (to be renovated).

Report a Bias Incident

Digital Accessibility

 For information on Stanford's Digital Accessibility Policy, Office of Digital Accessibility, and instructions on reporting digital accessibility issues.

Protected Identity Harm Reporting 

To report identity harm incidents.

Disabled Spaces On Campus

Disability Community (DisCo) Space

Disability is a core identity for the lives of many. It is vital that students with disabilities at Stanford have a space where they can comfortably express themselves and establish a community. We hope that this space is able to nurture and empower that community. 

Well House

We want to create a substance-free undergraduate residential community and experience based on the theme of wellness. This provides an environment for students to learn and practice holistic approaches to physical, mental, and emotional health: The Well House or “The Well.”  The values of the substance-free community are connection, equity, belonging, authenticity, and vulnerability and humility. Students living in the Well House need to commit to live substance free and actively promote an environment based upon the respect and care for others in the community. The Well House is located within Robert Moore North. 

SUPER / Cardinal Recovery

Stanford's collegiate recovery program, Cardinal Recovery, provides peer-led support for substance use and behavioral addictions. Because recovery is a subjective and varied experience, Cardinal Recovery embraces SAMSHA's working definition of recovery as "a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. In addition to facilitating a variety of weekly recovery meetings and mentorship, Stanford affiliates can find inclusion and belonging at substance-free events hosted by Cardinal Recovery.

Community Resources

Stanford's Community Centers

The Centers at Stanford are part of a tapestry that speaks into the conscience of the institution. Each Center’s work has been, and continues to be, integral to the advancement of equity at Stanford, the deepening of intellectual engagement, and the cultivation of well-being for Stanford students.

Disability Student Groups

Other Community Organizations

Additional Resources

The Disability Visibility Project

The Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.

Disability Pride, via Disability Community Resource Center

DCRC embraces to the concept of Disability Pride.  Disability Pride is defined “as accepting and honoring each person’s uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity.” Disability Pride is an integral part of movement building and a direct challenge of systemic ableism and stigmatizing definitions of disability.

The DisCo Space, 2024. Credit: Samantha Isabelle Yosuico Dizon