Services for Students with Disabilities

Faculty Procedures | U-M LSA Testing Accommodation Center

Requests for testing accommodations are initiated by the student. A student must meet with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to obtain the necessary documentation for approved testing accommodations. SSD will provide the student with a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form. A student should meet with his/her instructor during the first two weeks of a given academic term to discuss the need for testing accommodation.

Did You Know? The Americans with Disabilities Act...

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person with a disability is one who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity  
  • Has a record of such an impairment
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment “Major Life Activities” include, but are not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

Syllabus Statement

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. This approach demonstrates to students that instructors are sensitive to and concerned about meeting the needs of ALL students they teach.