To Be Inclusive: Include a Statement in the Syllabus
Include in the course syllabus a statement asking students with disabilities to meet to arrange accommodations. (Using a standard statement on the syllabus will both protect student privacy and affirm your policy.) Sample Statement endorsed by SACUA:
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 Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to help us determine appropriate academic accommodations. SSD (734-763-3000; http://www.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.