Services for Students with Disabilities

A Guide: 10 Instructional Accessibility Tips

We appreciate that faculty members at U-M wish to accommodate students with disabilities so that their classes may be as inclusive of diversity as possible. However, the best practices for providing accommodations may not always be obvious. We have assembled the following list of tips and resources to provide a starting point. 

Reach out to instructors to make captioning a priority

Mary Reilly, a captioned media specialist for the University of Michigan, works with instructors to ensure students who are deaf or hard of hearing have access to captioned videos. She has presented in the past about how institutions can provide captioning easily and inexpensively.

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.

SSD Accommodation / VISA Letter

Students who have registered with our office and met with their disability coordinator to determine accommodations receive a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) letter to give to their instructors.  Although a student may request an academic adjustment at any time, the student should request it as early as possible.