Consider the following as you read the three sample statements below:
As a student with a disability, would you:
Feel welcome and included in this course?
Feel empowered to discuss questions and access needs with this instructor?
Feel supported even if you're not comfortable disclosing your disability or do not qualify for accommodations?
Example Statement #1:
Students with Disabilities
Students requiring accommodations must provide the instructor with verification from the Student Disability Center as soon as possible.
Example Statement #2:
To help me better foster your success, please contact the Student Disability Center if you need—or suspect you may need— accommodations as soon as possible. Regardless of whether you are registered with the Student Disability Center, please let me know if you have ideas for cultivating a learning environment more conducive to your success.
Example Statement #3:
I value diversity in learning modalities and approaches. To help me better foster your success, please let me know if you have ideas for cultivating an environment more conducive to your learning. If any resources are inaccessible, please let me know and I will provide alternative formats (for example, reading materials can be converted into mp3 files).
Here are several brief tutorials of accessibility tools you might find useful.
[website note: sample videos coming soon!]
Text-to-speech (Chrome extension)
Speech-to-text tools: Google Docs Voice Typing feature (under File)
Zamzar document to audio file converter (listen to your course readings while commuting!)
Canvas Immersive Reader (Chrome extension for web viewing)
I strive to post grades and feedback quickly; extensions and makeups delay this for everyone. Thus, I will work with you to complete your exams and assignments on time (if necessary, with adjustments), so your early communication with me around accessibility is crucial.
I have structured this course to reduce the need for Student Disability Center accommodations. This includes:
24-hour time periods for exams
Some flexibility and choice in assignment topics and activities
Contact the Student Disability Center if you need—or suspect you may need—additional adjustments as soon as possible. The Student Disability Center is located on the first floor of University Hall in room 112. Please call (555) 867-5309, TTY/TTD: (555) 555-5309, or visit the Student Disability Center website contact form.
Here is an accessibility map of campus.