I believe that everyone has the right to the full educational experience granted to them by admission and tuition payments to this institution, and that everyone has different needs when it comes to accessing that experience. It is my goal to make my classes as accessible as possible to any and all students who walk through the doors. Students in my class should feel free to stand, move about the room, and stim as needed to maximize their learning experience, provided their behavior is not actively disruptive to classmates (note that active disruption in this context is defined as behaviors that interfere with another student’s personal space, autonomy, and physical safety). As a disabled and chronically ill person, my goal here is to encourage open communication, so if you need anything to ensure you get the most out of this class, don’t hesitate to contact me via email or drop by my office.
If you are seeking accommodations from the disability resource center, you should contact them at the listed email address/phone number. However, I do not require accommodation letters from my students. If you have any condition that impacts your learning, diagnosed or otherwise, I am more than willing to work with you to ensure you get the most out of this class. Likewise, if you have any major mental health issues and are looking for assistance, you have the resources available to you here on campus. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available to all students, and they can be reached at the listed contact information. I am aware, however, that CAPS tends to have a long waiting list and a complex process for students to gain access to mental health care, so know that while I am not a medical mental health professional, I have experience with mental health services and can work to accommodate your needs as best I can. Above all, again, if you reach out to me, we can work together to make a plan. I am happy to do what is necessary to help you succeed.