Examples of Disability Statements for a Syllabus

Below are several different types of examples that instructors can put on their syllabus.  It is recommend that all instructors include the standard statement on their syllabus and make reference to this several times throughout the semester to create a welcoming environment for students with disabilities to disclose and request accommodations.  Many instructors want to go above and beyond this statement so we have included several additional examples.

Standard Statement

"To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603, e-mail disability@illinois.edu or go to the DRES website."

Enhanced Statement

"To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603, e-mail disability@illinois.edu or go to the DRES website.  If you are concerned you have a disability-related condition that is impacting your academic progress, there are academic screening appointments available on campus that can help diagnosis a previously undiagnosed disability by visiting the DRES website and selecting “Sign-Up for an Academic Screening” at the bottom of the page.”

Enhanced Statement with Resources

"To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603, e-mail disability@illinois.edu or go to the DRES website.  If you are concerned you have a disability-related condition that is impacting your academic progress, there are academic screening appointments available on campus that can help diagnosis a previously undiagnosed disability by visiting the DRES website and selecting “Sign-Up for an Academic Screening” at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in obtaining information to improve writing, study skills, time management or organization, the following campus resources are available to all students:

Writer’s Workshop

Undergrad Library

217-333-8796

http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop

http://disability.illinois.edu/strategies

http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu/self-help-brochures/

Also, most college offices and academic deans provide academic skills support and assistance for academically related and personal problems.  Links to the appropriate college contact can be found by going to this website and selecting your college or school: http://illinois.edu/colleges/colleges.html  

If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression or are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or in crisis, you can seek help through the following campus resources:

Counseling Center

206 Fred H. Turner Student Services Building

7:50 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone: 333-3704

McKinley Mental Health

313 McKinley Health Center

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone: 333-2705

McKinley Health Education offers individual consultations for students interested in learning relaxation and other stress/time management skills, call 333-2714.”

Content Warning

“If you are a student with a disability (or would qualify as a student with a disability) who will be significantly affected by traumatic course content such as (specific reading/video/blog) or words (imagery/tone/situations) please contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603, e-mail disability@illinois.edu or go to the DRES website."