Designing an Accessible Syllabus

Disability Accommodation Statement

The Disability Center recommends that each course syllabus contain a statement advising students with disabilities how to request necessary academic accommodations. The statement helps to fulfill the University of Missouri’s institutional responsibility to provide information about the process and demonstrates the university’s commitment to a positive and welcoming environment for students with disabilities.

Below is a sample statement you may include on your syllabus. It can be used as is or can be adjusted to meet specific needs. We encourage instructors to read the statement aloud in classes and bring it to students’ attention, as this helps reduce the stigma surrounding seeking accommodations.

Recommended Syllabus Statement

The goal of the University of Missouri is to ensure an inclusive learning environment for all students. The University of Missouri Disability Center provides services and accommodations for students to participate fully in the learning experience and to experience equitable evaluation of their performance.


Students (including online students) with a documented disability can contact the Disability Center to establish an accommodation plan. Documented disabilities include hearing, vision, mobility, learning and attention, psychological health and physical health.


Students’ accommodations are implemented with the input of students to maximize the learning experiences.


The MU Disability Center keeps information about a student’s disability confidential.


Please notify me of your eligibility for accommodations as soon as possible. Additionally, if there are aspects of the course that present as barriers, such as inaccessible course content (e.g., learning assessments, PowerPoints, non-captioned videos, images, tables, PDFs) or if you need an immediate accommodation due to an injury, please contact me or the Disability Center as soon as possible.

Syllabus Accessibility Basics

An accessible syllabus is designed for diverse student abilities and helps to support an inclusive, respectful learning environment.  To design an accessible syllabus, follow some basic rules:

  • Use a style sheet.
  • Be clear and unambiguous.
  • Be concise.
  • Make use of bulleted lists and paragraph breaks.
  • Use person first/positive language.