Student Disabilities Services
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Accessibility - Access to MIT

Access to MIT: A Guide to Campus and Other Resources is a print-document prepared by the MIT Planning Office. Copies are available in our office (Room 5-104) and the main MIT Information Office (Room 7-121).

This guide features a color-coded map of the MIT campus that details recommended routes for individuals with ambulatory disabilities, including the locations of curb cuts, ramps and accessible entrances to buildings on the MIT campus. The guide is one of a series of steps being taken to make the MIT campus accessible to persons with disabilities. Since it is not practical to show either all existing architectural barriers or all possible routes, this guide presents the major means of circulation and the barriers most likely to be encountered. Although this guide deals with the general needs of the temporarily or permanently disabled, MIT is prepared to respond to the special problems of individuals.

Additional information on access to MIT facilities and services follows below.

Academic or General Concerns

For assistance in dealing with academic problems or help in defining problems, contact our colleagues in Student Support Services (S3) (Room 5-104, Tel: 617-253-4861), or contact our staff in Room 5-104, Tel 617-253-1674.

Architectural Barriers

If you encounter any barriers or have any requirements or recommendations relating to the physical environment, contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office (N52-496, 617-452-1674), S3 (5-104, 617-253-4861), Facilities (NE49-2300, 617-258-7011) or Disabilities Services staff.

Adaptive Technology Information Center - The ATIC Lab

The Adaptive Technology Information Center (ATIC) Lab, located on MIT's main campus in 7-143, provides specialized computer equipment to assist individuals with disabilities, and those working for or with them, in achieving equal opportunity in academia or employment. The following are some of the adaptations supplied by ATIC:

The ATIC Lab is equipped with a variety of computers and operating systems which contain various types of software which can be used in conjunction with the devices mentioned above. ATIC Lab services are free. Once the student is established as an ATIC Lab client, the Lab is open 24-hours-a-day and training is available from the ATIC Lab staff. For further information on ATIC services, contact the Coordinator at 617-253-7808 or e-mail

Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER)

Alongside MIT's vast and superior academic curriculum, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) has reinforced its focus toward fostering the growth of the competitively active student, while keeping sight of the Institute's value of academic standards.

Contact DAPER for information about accessibile athletics facilities.

Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS)

EHS is responsible for matters relating to particular instances or recommendations of safety on campus and also for all matters related to worker's compensation. This office should be notified in the case of hazardous effects or physical barriers detected on campus, and instances of injury incurred while on the job. Call 617-452-3477 for more information.


Disabilities Services works closely with the Department of Facilities in identifying physical barriers evident on campus and planning for their elimination. Facilities is also responsible for the design and implementation of barrier removal projects.


If you need accessible housing due to a disability, you must provide medical documentation to support your request. You may send your documentation directly to the Housing Office or to the Disabilities Services staff in Room 5-104 to be forwarded to Housing. Determination of such housing requests will be made in consultation with MIT Medical.

Information Center

Main MIT information located at 77 Massachusetts Ave in Room 7-121 — Tel: 617-253-4795 | Stata Center Information Desk located in MIT Room 32-140 — Tel: 617-253-2600

Library Services

Arrangements can be made for persons with disabilities to have books and journals retrieved from the shelves of a specific library by contacting the circulation desk of that library. Members of the MIT community can also specify another person on their card to borrow materials for them by completing an "Added Borrower" form at any MIT Library circulation desk. The Libraries are also equipped with a Reading Edge machine, a Visualtek Read/Write System, a Perkins Braille Writer, and an electric Braille writer. For more information on how to access available Library services please contact Library Services at 617-253-9349.

Locked Doors and Keyed Entry

Some doors are locked after 6 pm and on weekends. For entry information, contact Campus police, W89, (general business number) 617-253-2996.

The following buildings have special entry or keyed entry requirements:

For keys, contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office, Room: N52-496, Tel: 617-452-3477. For Kresge Theater seating, contact the Campus Activities Complex Office,Tel: 617-253-3913.

Medical Department

The MIT Medical Department staffs a wide range of medical specialists, including social workers, who can provide medical care and counseling to individuals with disabilities at MIT. General appointments - 617-253-4481 or 617-258-0656, TTY;; Urgent Care (24 hour line) 617-253-1311. If the situation is potentially life-threatening and you are on the MIT campus, dial 100 from any campus telephone. Campus Police will provide ambulance service to MIT Medical or a nearby acute care hospital. If the need is urgent but not life-threatening, call MIT Medical's Urgent Care Line for advice, 617-253-1311 (voice/TTY), or go directly to MIT Medical's 24-hour entrance to 25 Carleton Street.

The MIT Museum

The MIT Museum welcomes all visitors. Access to the main museum facility is by ramp and elevator to the right of the main entrance at 265 Massachusetts Avenue. In addition, the Museum will make every effort to accommodate special situations. Please call 617-253-4444.

No Access Buildings

While there is no physical access to the following buildings: Bexley Hall; Graphic Arts, N42; the President's House, E1 * W2 and W2A

the Institute is committed to providing access to the programs and activities offered in these buildings. Contact Disabilities Services Office, 5-104, 617-253-1674. (more than 2 steps)

Special Elevators

For keys to key-operated elevators, contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office, N52-496, 617-253-4736. Lifts are unlocked except in Buildings 10 and 33. The following are key-operated elevators: Building 1; Building 48; Buildings E38/39; Building E40; Building NW14; Building NW16; and Ashdown.


MIT's parking lots are located in different zones, and parking permits are specific to zones. Please see the Parking and Transportation Office for information on accessible parking spaces: . Parking in designated disabled spaces requires a registry-issued disabled license plate/placard as well as the MIT parking sticker. If you do not have a disabled plate and special parking arrangements are required for an extended period of time you may contact the Medical Department, Dr. Diamond's Office, E23-281,617-253-7625, or Disabilities Services Office, 5-104, 617-253-1674. If special parking arrangements are required for the day, contact Campus Police, W89-219, 617-258-6510, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.

Police and Emergency Medical Service

For emergency police assistance and/or medical service, call: x-100 from any campus telephone or 617-253-1212 from any phone.

Rest Rooms

Rest Rooms in the following buildings and rooms are not entirely accessible.


Buildings which are not listed are entirely accessible.

Service Fraternity

You can find helpful and knowledgeable students in Alpha Phi Omega, the National Service Fraternity, located in the Student Center, W20-415, 617-253-3788.

Snow Removal

If additional snow removal is needed contact Facilities Customer Service Center, E19-135, 617-253-4948 (FIXIT).


Please refer to the Telephony page of the MIT Information Services and Technology site for information on telephone services for people with hearing or speech disabilities.

Transportation – Campus-Wide

The Parking and Transportation Office operates MIT's campus shuttle service known as the TECH Shuttle. TECH Shuttle provides a safe means of transportation weekdays around the MIT campus. TECH Shuttle operates 5 days a week from 7:15AM to 7:15PM. TECH Shuttle does not operate on weekends and MIT holidays. This service is free and available to all members of the MIT community. The TECH Shuttle vehicles are driven by service employees of Standard Parking and carry two-way radios for a direct link to the Parking and Transportation Office and the Campus Police. The TECH shuttle service employs handicapped-accessible vehicles.

Transportation: Medical Necessity

Under extraordinary circumstances and when deemed appropriate by DSO and Campus Police, people with medical circumstances may be provided medical transports for up to a four (4) week period. During the first week of transports, the MIT Campus Police will provide up to two (2) round trips within one day. For the second and subsequent weeks of transports, they will provide one round trip per day. [In cases where the medical needs of the person with a disability might extend for a short period of time beyond the four week period, MIT Medical will conduct a case review and advise Campus Police if there are special needs]. For more information, call Campus Police at 617-253-9751. Contact DSO for eligibility determination, 5-104, 617-253-1674.

Tutorial Services Room

The Office of Minority Education Tutorial Services Room (TSR) has provided tutoring to undergraduates for over twenty years. Academically advanced upper-class and graduate students deliver tutoring in any subject requested. Students may also inquire within each department if tutoring is available. Formal tutoring services are available in the Tutorial Services Room (TSR) by appointment.

The TSR (Room 12-124, Tel: 617-253-8406) is open from Sunday to Thursday: between 7 and 10 pm. See the Scheduling Tutoring Services page of the OME for information on the current group tutoring sessions and/or to request a tutor for a specific subject.

Disabilities Services staff can also provide assistance in arranging access to tutorial services.

Web Policy and Relevant Links

MIT is committed to providing equal access to information technology in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This commitment ensures that MIT Web-based products, software, online documentation, and library resources will be accessible to users with disabilities. Developers and purchasers need to take accessibility features into account in the design or purchase process. This applies to software and Web-based products to be used in administration and services, courses of instruction, departmental programs and Institute-sponsored activities.

If you purchase or develop Web-based products, see the ATIC lab website for information on creating accessible web pages.