Sample Syllabus Accessibility Statement

All faculty and instructors are encouraged to include a statement in their course syllabus inviting students with disabilities to meet with them in a confidential environment to discuss making arrangements for accommodations. This statement introduces the university’s accommodation process, creates a collaborative vehicle for making legally-mandated accommodations, and helps to build a positive and welcoming environment for students with disabilities.

The following is an example of a statement that can be used or adapted for your course syllabi:


Access and Accommodations:

Your experience in this class is important to me. University of Arkansas Academic Policy Series 1520.10 requires that students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have already established accommodations with the Center for Educational Access (CEA), please request your accommodations letter early in the semester and contact me privately, so that we have adequate time to arrange your approved academic accommodations.

If you have not yet established services through CEA, but have a documented disability and require accommodations (conditions include but not limited to: mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical, health  or temporary impacts), contact CEA directly to set up an Access Plan. CEA facilitates the interactive process that establishes reasonable accommodations.  For more information on CEA registration procedures contact 479–575–3104, ada@uark.edu or visit https://cea.uark.edu.


If you have any questions, at any time about working with a student with a disability, please contact the CEA office by emailing us at ada@uark.edu or by phone at 479-575-3104. We are happy to work with any faculty or instructor.

  • Invite students with disabilities to meet with you privately to discuss their accommodation needs.
  • Review their accommodation letters with them. Discuss how accommodations are to be facilitated, and follow up the discussion with an email.
  • Have all course materials available several weeks in advance of their use, particularly for students who utilize converted text (e.g., audio format)
  • Provide outlines and/or copies of overheads or Microsoft PowerPoint presentations on a course website or Blackboard.
  • Identify a potential note-taker for your course (note: you will be contacted by the CEA office by email if one is needed).
  • Identify potential alternative testing locations in advance for students who need extended time and a distraction-reduced testing environment.
  • Consult with CEA on access concerns (including website and PDF accessibility).