We highly encourage faculty to include a statement within their syllabus to inform students of our resources. Please read through the statement with your students, offer to meet with them in a private setting to ensure confidentiality, and welcome what may be a difficult conversation for them to initiate.
We would like to normalize the need for such assistance and learning differences. A syllabus statement and understanding faculty will support those efforts. Remember, it can be helpful and reassuring to revisit the statement throughout the term as a reminder to our students.
Accommodations, service provision, and support for our students require collaboration and team effort. We are happy to sit down with you and your students together to discuss students' needs, our processes, and your concerns. We appreciate all that you do to support our students and our department!
Sample Syllabus Statement
Learning Differences and Disability Services
Accessibility is important to us. If you have a learning difference or documented accommodation needs that arise, you are welcome to consult with me privately at any point throughout the term. I do encourage you to speak with me as soon as possible, however, so that we may make arrangements in advance. You may also connect with Kera McClain Manley, the Disability Services Coordinator, to discuss your needs. Disability Services is located in Room #228 on the second floor of the library in the Academic Support Center. For more information, contact Kera via email at KManley@otterbein.edu or phone at 614-823-1618 or visit the Disability Services website - www.otterbein.edu/ods.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the nature of your course and/or its requirements, please feel free to contact the Disability Services Coordinator, or staff. Universal Design for Learning and accommodations may take discussion and brainstorming. We are happy to help in that process!