Talking to your Professors

“I learned that sharing my story with my professors allowed for a chance to get to know them and the chance to learn.” – Kajal Patel, National Council of College Leaders

Talking to Professors

Part of the college experience involves attending class. Professors will want you to be successful in your academic learning environment. You may want to talk to your professors about your disease so that they understand your needs and can work with you to meet those needs. It's always a good idea to talk to Disability Services on your campus first, so that you have any necessary letters or documentation needed as you discuss accommodations with your professors. Here are some tips to help you have a discussion with your professors.


  • Go in for office hours to meet with professors for a one-on-one discussion
  • Make sure you have a disability letter handy
  • Share what you know works for you, or what accommodations you need. Most professors will be willing to work with you.
  • Continue to stay in touch with them so they understand your willingness to be proactive, and so that they are up-to-date on your needs