Syllabus Disability Statement
All instructors are encouraged to include in their syllabus a statement inviting students with disabilities to meet with them in a confidential environment to discuss making arrangements for accommodations. There are several reasons why this syllabus statement is critical. This statement both normalizes the accommodation process and helps to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for students with disabilities. Also, the statement creates a collaborative vehicle for making legally mandated accommodations and serves as a reminder to students who need the accommodations that these arrangements need to be made.
The following is an example of a syllabus statement that can be used for your course syllabi:
Americans with Disabilities Act
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Please also contact Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) as they are the designated department responsible for approving and coordinating reasonable accommodations and services for students with disabilities. ARC will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide you further assistance with requesting and arranging accommodations.
Accessibility Resource Center
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