The Americans with Disabilities Act is designed to remove barriers which prevent qualified individuals with disabilities from enjoying the same opportunities that are available to persons without disabilities. Similar protections are provided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and by the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act.
The University encourages faculty to incorporate language in their syllabus which invites students with disabilities to identify the need for accommodations early in the semester. The U-M Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) has approved the following language:
"If you think you need an accommodation for a disability, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Some aspects of this course, the assignments, the in-class activities, and the way the course is usually taught may be modified to facilitate your participation and progress. As soon as you make me aware of your needs, we can work with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to help us determine appropriate academic accommodations. SSD typically recommends accommodations through a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form. Any information you provide is private and confidential and will be treated as such. Contact SSD by calling (734) 763-3000 or visit their website at http://www.umich.edu/sswd."