Sample Accessibility Statement For Syllabus

James Madison University is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity. If you have a documented disability (or think you may have a disability) and, as a result need reasonable accommodations to participate in this class, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University's programs or services, contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as soon as possible. To receive accommodations, you must be appropriately registered with ODS. The ODS works confidentially in partnership with students, faculty, and other University departments to ensure equal access through Universal Design and reasonable accommodations. The office is located in the Student Success Center, Suite 1202. You may contact them by phone at 540-568-6705 or through email at


JMU Disability Resource Website
Assistance for faculty, staff, supervisors, and visitors with their disability related questions or concerns.

Madison Cares

Madison Cares is a network of university resources to support students in distress.  Fill out the online referral form if a student you know is in need of help.

HDPT Paratransit
Harrisonburg Paratransit is a wheelchair accessible public transportation service operated by the Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT). The service is for persons who cannot use their own vehicle or a transit bus due to a temporary or permanent disability that impairs mobility. To register for HDPT, you must register for services through ODS and submit the Paratransit Registration form. For more information, visit the HDPT page.

DisABILITY Resources Toolbox (DART)
APA's Disability Issues Office has developed this DisABILITY Resources Toolbox (DART) as a central location replete with information and tools psychology training directors and faculty can use to better support students with disabilities. Partly as a result of federal legislation, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students with disabilities are pursuing higher education in increasing numbers. The number of students with disabilities enrolled in graduate psychology programs, in particular, continues to grow. Both psychology faculty and students have expressed the need for information about legal issues, accommodation strategies, and resources for working with students who have disabilities.

Do-It Project from the University of Washington
Resources for accommodations and universal design in teaching; DO-IT serves to increase the success of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.

Office of Civil Rights Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities
Higher Education's obligations under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA answers questions about tape recording lectures and other concerns faculty may have about legally required accommodations.

National Deaf Center
The mission of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes is to provide evidence-based strategies to deaf* individuals, family members, and professionals at the local, state, and national levels with the goal of closing education and employment gaps for deaf individuals.

Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Education
This material was developed by mental health experts through The Jed Foundation. Intending to develop awareness on issues or concerns relating to students in institutions of higher education, this document serves only for educational and informational purposes.

The National Rehabilitation Information Center
This online gateway provides an abundance of disability and rehabilitation oriented information organized in a variety of formats designed to make it easy for users to find and use.

Universal Design

Equity and Excellence in Higher Education: Universal Course Design
Designed by faculty for faculty, providing tools to increase access for all students, including those with disabilities.

Ten Simple Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses
Implementing the principles of universal design in online learning means anticipating the diversity of students that may enroll in your course and planning accordingly. These ten key elements will greatly enhance the accessibility and usability of your course for students with and without disabilities.

WebAIM: Web Accessibility In Mind
Expanding the web's potential for people with disabilities, this site provides comprehensive information and guidance on developing accessible web materials.

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