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General Suggestions

Some general areas of course modification are listed below. Many of these suggestions may benefit students without disabilities as well as students with disabilities:

  1. Inform all students about the availability of support services for students with disabilities by including a statement in your syllabus and announcing during the first class meeting.  This approach preserves the student's privacy and also indicates the willingness of the instructor to provide accommodations.  A statement such as the following is recommended:

    Students with Disabilities:  Any student who has a documented disability and is in need of classroom accommodations, please schedule an appointment to meet with me as soon as possible.  You may schedule this appointment by (indicate preferred method here).  Please bring your current VISA (Verification of Individual Services and Accommodations) to your appointment.  To maintain the confidentiality of your request, please do not approach me before or after class to discuss your accommodation needs.  For additional information about documentation of a disability, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office at (715) 836-5800 or visit the website at

  2. Begin lecture/discussion with an overview of the topics to be covered.

  3. Use the chalkboard, overhead projector, or PowerPoint to highlight key course material.

  4. Emphasize important points, main ideas, and key concepts orally in lecture.

  5. Try to provide assignments in writing as well as orally.

  6. Provide an opportunity for participation, questions, and review sessions to aid in mastering material and preparing for exams.

  7. Provide time during office hours for individual discussion of assignments, questions about lectures, and readings.

  8. Try not to talk toward the board while writing on it.

  9. Try not to stand against a window where seeing your lips and expressions and gestures might be difficult.

  10. In answering questions or engaging in class discussions, it is helpful to repeat student comments as necessary.

  11. Make sure duplicated materials are visually clear.

  12. Use of a variety of formats to convey course material--visual and auditory-- may be helpful. If possible, convey difficult material in several ways.