1. Contact the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD)
Call our office at 262-472-4711 to provide CSD with your student ID number and other contact information.
If you haven't applied to UW-Whitewater yet, please start with the Admissions Office; once you are accepted to UW-Whitewater, we can begin providing transition services. We can answer questions and give advice before you are accepted, but we cannot start the accommodation process before you are accepted to the university.
It is the student's responsibility to self-identify to CSD, provide documentation that meets documentation guidelines, and request specific services.
NOTE: Pending the receipt of appropriate documentation, the University reserves the right to deny services of accommodations.
2. Complete Application for Accommodation Services Form and return to CSD
3. Provide disability documentation
Providing documentation of disability is the responsibility of the student. In general, the less obvious the disability, the more information is required to assess a student's needs and make accommodation recommendations. Documentation should be recent, relevant and comprehensive and, where appropriate, contain test scores and interpretation (e.g. learning disability reports, audiograms, etc.). If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, the university has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional documentation is also borne by the student. If the documentation is complete but the university desires a second professional opinion, the university bears that cost.
NOTE: If you suspect you may have a disability but have never been diagnosed, see the assessment resources page.
*Note: Students with learning disabilities do not need to provide a Disability Assessment Form. Please see Learning Disability Documentation Guidelines [Word] for students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for LD documentation requirements.
4. Schedule a preliminary meeting to discuss your accommodation needs
Current UW-Whitewater students and students admitted to UW-Whitewater:
Students not yet admitted:
5. Schedule an appointment for intake and training on services
If you are determined eligible for CSD services, you will receive a letter or email from your Disability Service Coordinator inviting you to schedule an intake appointment. During this meeting the prospective student is encouraged to share their accommodation needs. Documentation may be reviewed and discussed during this meeting.
Eligibility for services is based on a combination of the student's description of need, the thoroughness of the disability documentation and documentation policies (see Disability Documentation Guidelines). If all eligibility requirements are met at this time, then accommodations will be determined and discussed. If all requirements are not met, you will be advised on how to proceed.
6. Accommodation/service plan is developed
At your intake appointment you and your Disability Service Coordinator will discuss your documentation and need for accommodations. An accommodation/service plan is discussed and developed, and your accommodations are entered into your Accommodation Request Portal profile. Upon the completion of your accommodation plan, you will be eligible to begin receiving services/accommodations.
Some services require training. Your Disability Service Coordinator will discuss your training needs and schedule your required teachings with you during the intake process.
7. Request services
As a student receiving services through CSD, you will need to stay in contact with your Disability Services Coordinator to discuss needs and stay updated on CSD processes. It is the student's responsibility to send their Accommodation Notifications to their instructors in a timely manner. Accommodation Notifications communicate and verify to your instructors that you have been approved to receive accommodations for their class.
8. Attend service training/orientation for services that require it
Some services such as alternative media and tutoring require instruction regarding how to access the service/accommodation. Your Disability Service Coordinator will advise you on how to obtain the training you need to make the most of your services.
9. Follow-up is needed
For questions, please contact your Disability Service Coordinator at CSD.