The best way to encourage students to discuss disability-related accommodations with you is to include a statement in your course syllabus. Because each disability may require a different approach in providing appropriate academic accommodations, the following is a suggested statement that you could reinforce with an announcement at the start of the semester:
"Students with disabilities who require reasonable academic accommodations should schedule an appointment to discuss specifics with me. It is the policy of Villanova to make reasonable academic accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. You must present verification and register with the Learning Support Office by contacting 610-519-5176 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or for physical access or temporary disabling conditions, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 610-519-4095 or email Stephen.email@example.com Registration is needed in order to receive accommodations."
An announcement of this type will help preserve the student’s privacy, demonstrate your willingness to provide assistance, and encourage an early identification for accommodations. When a student with a disability does request an accommodation, please feel free to consult with the Office of Learning Support Services for assistance in providing the services.
It may also be helpful to include a syllabus statement announcing that assistance is available to all students at the Learning Support Services Center. Here is an example:
“Learning Support Services (LSS) provides academic support services and workshops for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students at Villanova University. Workshops and one-on-one sessions are available in university-relevant skills such as time management, study strategies, academic reading, learning styles, test-taking, and test anxiety. Students of all abilities, including successful students who want to enhance their academic skills and students who are struggling, are welcome to use these services. There is no extra charge for these services and they are open to all registered Villanova students.”