All instructors are encouraged to include in their syllabus, a statement inviting students with disabilities to meet with them in a confidential environment to discuss making arrangements for accommodations.
There are several reasons why this syllabus statement is critical. First of all, this statement both normalizes the accommodation process, but also helps to create a positive and welcoming environment for students with disabilities. Second, the statement creates a collaborative vehicle for making legally mandated accommodations. Finally, it also serves as a reminder to students who need the accommodations that these arrangements need to be made.
The following is an example of a syllabus disability statement that can be used or adapted for your course syllabi:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact Disability Support Services at 319-5211 located in 201 Pryzbyla Center to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.