Services for Students with Disabilities

Professor lecturing to students in classroom

Faculty members should include in each syllabus a statement asking students to inform them of any special needs to ensure that those needs are met in a timely manner. An additional recommendation is that the statement be read aloud by the faculty member during the first week of class. This approach demonstrates to students that instructors are sensitive to and concerned about meeting the needs of ALL students they teach. Furthermore, it affords students the opportunity to make their accommodation needs known to faculty early in the semester. The following are some examples of a statement that can be included in a course syllabus:

This is a SACUA approved version.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you think you need an accommodation for a disability, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Some aspects of this course, the assignments, the in-class activities, and the way the course is usually taught may be modified to facilitate your participation and progress. As soon as you make me aware of your needs, we can work with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office to help us determine appropriate academic accommodations. SSD (734-763-3000; http://ssd.umich.edu) typically recommends accommodations through a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form. Any information you provide is private and confidential and will be treated as such. 

Here is another example.

Disability Statement:

The University of Michigan is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities.  Request for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office located at G664 Haven Hall.  The SSD phone number is 734-763-3000.  Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (VISA) form.  Please present this form to me at the beginning of the term, or at least two weeks prior to the need for the accommodation (test, project, etc…).