Many students have disabilities which are not easily noticeable. It is important to encourage students to identify their needs early in the semester so timely accommodations can be provided. A statement on the syllabus and an announcement in class normalizes the accommodation process by treating it as just another part of the course. The accommodation process should be one of collaboration between the student, the instructor and the Student Disability Services office. Students already registered with Student Disability Services will have a current accommodation letter that supports their requests for accommodations and verifies their eligibility. Faculty should refer students to SDS if they request accommodations without possessing a current accommodation letter signed by SDS staff.
Sample syllabus statement:
"If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of your academic accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services department. SDS telephone number is 313-577-1851 or 313-577-3365 (TTD only). Once you have your accommodations in place, I will be glad to meet with you privately during my office hours or at another agreed upon time to discuss your needs. The mission of Student Disability Services' is to assist the university in creating an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience at Wayne State University."