UW Colleges Student Accessibility Services

Mission Statement

The mission of the Student Accessibility Services Office is to be an active partner with students, faculty and staff in creating an accessible learning environment where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of UW Colleges programs, services and activities.

What does the UW Colleges Student Accessibility Services Office offer?

The Student Accessibility Services Office coordinates services for students with disabilities attending the University of Wisconsin Colleges. The Student Accessibility Services Office works with students with disabilities, campus staff and faculty to ensure that students with disabilities who have program access needs receive appropriate accommodations.

Who is eligible for Student Accessibility Services?

Students who have physical or mental impairments which substantially limit one or more life activities (e.g. communication, mobility, learning, etc.) in an academic setting, and have a record of such an impairment, or are regarded as having such an impairment.

Who determines which students are eligible for Student Accessibility Services?

The Director of Student Accessibility Services locatedin Madison, in consultation with the Campus Contact for Student Accessibility Services, determines which students are eligible for accommodation services.

Students are responsible for providing documentation of their stated disability. This documentation must identify the disability for which each accommodation is requested, and substantiate that the need for accommodation is related to the disability. In general, documentation should not be more than three years old.

What kinds of accommodation services are available?

  • Adaptive Software for testing
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Recorded lecture
  • Extended time for exams and quizzes
  • Separate testing room
  • Reader
  • Scribe
  • Textbooks in alternative formats i.e. eTexts, audio, enlarged print, Braille
  • Priority registration
  • Preferential seating
  • Accessible classroom furniture
  • Library assistance
  • Laboratory assistance
  • Advocacy and liason with faculty
  • Sign language interpreting
  • Captioning
  • Accessible parking

Procedures for Applying for Student Accessibility Services

  1. Obtain a packet of information with an application for services from the Student Services office.
  2. Apply for services at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the semester in order to be sure that services will be in place at the start of the semester.
  3. Submit the completed application along with supporting documentation, prepared by an appropriate professional, to the Campus Contact for Student Accessibility Services located in the Student Services office. In general, documentation should not be more than three years old.
  4. The Campus Contact for Student Accessibility Services will submit the documentation and application to the Director of Student Accessibility Services in Madison, who will make the eligibility determination for support services. You will be contacted if there is a need for additional information in order to complete the application process. Upon being determined eligible for services, an Individualized Accommodation Plan is written indicating which services are approved and recommended. You will be notified in writing once this process has been completed.
  5. Prior to the start of the semester, arrange a meeting with the Campus Contact for Student Accessibility Services in order to discuss the implementation of your approved Individualized Accommodation Plan.

Student Accessibility Services Initial Application Information and Forms

Alternative Format Textbook Request Forms

Student Responsibilities

The UW Colleges wishes to promote an atmosphere of independence for all students, including those students with disabilities. We want to encourage students with disabilities to become advocates for themselves. To further that mission, here are some guidelines for student responsibility:

  • Adhere to all policies regarding academic conduct. These apply equally to all students, regardless of having a disability.
  • Meet and maintain academic standards which have been established by UW Colleges and its academic departments.
  • Submit your application for accommodation services along with current disability-related documentation to the Campus Contact for Student Accessibility Services in a timely manner.
  • Become aware of your rights as a student.

Laws Applicable to Students with Disabilities

UW Colleges complies with both the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, specifically Section 508, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. No recipients of federal funding may discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability solely by reason of that disability. This means that students with disabilities have equal access to all UW Colleges' programs, services and activities.

Campus Contacts for Student Accessibility Services

Baraboo/Sauk County , 608-355-5255

Barron County , 715-234-8176

Fond du Lac , 920-929-1122

Fox Valley , 920-832-2661

Manitowoc Julie Dezeeuw, 920-683-2829

Marathon County Amber Ruff-Brei, 715-261-6356

Marinette Cindy Bailey, 715-735-4302

Marshfield/Wood County , 715-384-1706

Richland Annette Hackbarth-Onson, 608-647-6186 ext 223

Rock County Tami Pizzurro, 608-758-6565 ext. 210

Sheboygan Tom Bruflat, 920-459-6682 ext. 223

Washington County Michelle Appel, 262-335-5250 ext 306

Waukesha , 262-521-5210 (TTY: 262-521-5510)

UW Colleges Online Student Affairs, 877-449-1877 (Toll Free)

Director of Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services Office
UW Colleges
780 Regent St., Suite 130
Madison, WI 53715-2635
Voice: 608/262-2001
Toll Free: 1-888-463-6892

Fax: 608-265-6784

The Director of Accessibility Services works with the Campus Contacts to coordinate student accessibility services. The Director reviews the disability related documentation submitted by the student in order to determine the student's eligibility for accommodations, and writes the accommodation plan with input from the student and campus contact.