After a student requests Accommodation Notification Letters, Accessibility Services at University of Maryland Global Campus will notify the student’s instructors about the accommodations. The student is also encouraged to initiate contact with faculty members to establish a rapport.
If you are taking a hybrid course, you can stop in during office hours or before or after class and introduce yourself, ask questions during and after class if something is unclear and discuss any disability-related barriers or concerns you have.
For online courses, e-mail your instructor to introduce yourself and ask questions about the course content. Decide how you will communicate with the instructor when an accommodation needs to be used. You can also discuss the impact of your disability and some of the challenges you have faced in similar courses.
Communicating with your instructors throughout the term also gives you the chance to let them know if you're confronting academic barriers related to your disability and whether accommodations are effective or should be adjusted. If at any time during the term your accommodations are not effective, contact Accessibility Services and the instructor. Accessibility Services can only follow up after becoming aware of a problem.
State that you have verified disability documentation on file with Accessibility Services. You do not have to give a medical diagnosis and/or cause of your disability.
Example: "I have documentation of a disability on file with Accessibility Services and have used services for the past two terms."
Explain how your disability affects how you can complete requirements for the class. Emphasize your abilities, strengths and special interests in the class.
Explain what Accessibility Services has recommended you do to succeed in the class. Be sure to describe the extra effort you are willing to put forth.
Explain what Accessibility Services has approved. You have to be specific to explain your need.
Based on the impact of your disability and the law, Accessibility Services will suggest accommodations that do not cause undue burden or a fundamental alteration of the course content and procedures.
For example, if you asked the instructor to give you tests individually, that would be unreasonable, causing an undue burden. If you asked to be excused from taking tests, that would be a fundamental alteration of a course that requires testing.
The instructor may have suggestions for additional accommodations. If these suggestions do not relate to your disability, inform Accessibility Services. A member of the Accessibility Services staff will discuss the concerns with the faculty member and help resolve the issue.