Student Services

Tips for Working with Instructors

It is best to introduce yourself before or directly after the first class period and make an appointment to go to your instructor's office where you can talk in private about any special needs you may have. The instructor may want you to come during his or her regularly scheduled office hours. 

  • Be on time for your appointment.
  • Be confident, pleasant, and respectful. We urge you to practice an assertive, reasonable approach in communicating your needs.
  • It is not necessary for you to disclose your specific disability to your professor. However, if you choose to disclose, state your disability in simple terms:
      • I have cerebral palsy.
      • I am blind.
      • I am deaf/hard of hearing.
      • I have a learning disability.
  • Students choosing to disclose their disability should explain in plain and simple terms how their disability limits their functioning.
  • I cannot see material on the board and I cannot read regular print.
  • I cannot take my own notes because I have to watch the interpreter to understand what you are saying.