Goals of the statement
- Set the tone for how disability is understood and responded to in the classroom.
- Assume responsibility for making learning environments, activities, and evaluations accessible.
- Invite questions, conversations, and requests about disability-related needs in the classroom.
Important messages to include
- Accessibility is understood as something KPU is committed to and responsible for.
- We have high regard for students as learners, the barriers they face, their academic ability, and their career goals.
- Diversity is something we value; different experiences and abilities improve the learning experience for all students.
- Accommodations are available and students can expect a supportive response if they initiate a conversation with instructors, staff, and/or Accessibility Services.
- Consider making a broad statement that does not limit the invitation to disability-related issues, barriers, and needs. This provides opportunity to proactively support students in many ways.
- Use personal pronouns. “Please talk to me” is more welcoming and direct than “Please talk to the instructor.”
- Keep it short. The goal is to set the tone rather than provide a lot of information or details. The invitation to talk to you – and information about contacting Accessibility Services is sufficient.
- Use plain language. While words like diversity, equity, and inclusion are familiar to many of us, they might not be the words that resonate with students.
- Do not include deadlines. Encourage students to be in touch as soon as possible, but be careful not to indicate that accommodations aren’t available after a certain deadline.
KPU statement suggestion
KPU is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of all learners. If you anticipate or experience disability-related issues or barriers in this course, please meet with me. Together we can plan how best to support your learning and coordinate your accommodations. You are also encouraged to contact Accessibility Services at www.kpu.ca/access or firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 599-2001.