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Discussing Accomodations with Instructors

Discussing academic concerns or disability-related accommodations with professors can be difficult, especially the first time. Here are some suggestions to help you prepare for your conversation.

Schedule your meeting as early in the semester as possible. Find a time during scheduled office hours, or by appointment, to meet privately with your instructor. Arrange the meeting early in the semester.

Start in your comfort zone. If it feels overwhelming to bring letters to all of your professors, start by approaching the ones you are most comfortable around. As you gain confidence, set up appointments with the others.

Organize your thoughts, prior to the meeting. Think about your accommodation requests or any information you may want to discuss.

Let the accommodation letter be your guide. Focus the discussion on your accommodations, not your disability. You do not need to disclose your diagnosed disability to receive accommodations.

Be open to suggestions or comments from instructors. Accommodations often require a collaborative effort and instructors are frequently able to offer creative suggestions for implementing accommodations.

Reconnect with Disability Resource Center (DRC) if you need to. If you find you are unable to schedule an appointment with your instructor or are experiencing barriers of any kind, contact the DRC to discuss the situation. Ask your instructor to contact the DRC with any questions you do not feel comfortable answering.