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Discussing Accomodations with Instructors

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

Schedule your meeting as early in the semester as possible

Contact your instructor to arrange a meeting during office hours or make an appointment at another time. Schedule the meeting early in the semester.

Start in your comfort zone

You might feel overwhelmed about delivering letters to all of your instructors. Start by approaching the instructors with whom you are most comfortable. As you gain confidence, set up appointments with your other instructors.

Organize your thoughts prior to your meeting

Think about your accommodation requests and list any specific points you wish to discuss. Bring your list with you to your meeting.

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 from instructors

Accommodations often require a collaborative effort and instructors are frequently able to offer creative suggestions for implementing accommodations.

Reconnect with the Disability Resource Center (DRC)

If 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.