Approaching an Instructor to discuss a sensitive subject matter such as a disability can sometimes be uncomfortable and intimidating for students. One way which Instructors can help facilitate open communication is to include a disability statement on their course syllabi. By doing so, it creates a welcoming environment for students to discuss their accommodations and how they will be implemented or other learning needs. Instructors may choose to use or adapt the following statement on their syllabus:
"Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act 2008 (ADAAA), and Title III (Public Accommodations) Hawai'i Pacific University does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities.
Any student who feels he/she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability is invited to contact Deneen Kawamoto (Disability Resources Coordinator) at HPU. She can be reached at (808) 566-2406 or at the LB Bldg, Suite 602, 1060 Bishop Street. She can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a necessary step in order to ensure reasonable accommodations in my course. Students are not expected to disclose their specific disability to the professor. Once you meet with the Coordinator and it is determined that accommodations will be provided you will bring a basic letter to your instructor explaining accommodations expected and not the nature of the disability.
If you would like to discuss other concerns such as medical emergencies or arrangements in the event of an emergency evacuations, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. My office hours are ___________"