UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Disclosing a Disability

College students are considered legal adults with a strong right to privacy. This is one of the reasons professors and staff at UWRF avoid monitoring individual students to consider the possibility they may have a difficult medical, physical, sensory, or brain related issue. Instead, students who want accommodation for such an issue are expected to voluntarily contact Ability Services and acknowledge it. We call that the "self-disclosure process." A convenient way is to complete the process is with a Self-Disclosure Form. The form is also available at Ability Services, room 129, Hagestad Hall.

In addition to the self-disclosure process, before accommodation is arranged students are expected to submit a written summary about the medical, physical, sensory, or brain related issue. That kind of paperwork is often called "documentation." It should be written by a qualified expert and contain certain kinds of information. If at all possible, students should make an appointment to meet with Mark Johnson at Ability Services to learn about the kind of documentation they should submit.

There is a lot of confidentiality for all of these matters. Ability Services functions in ways that provide all students strong measures of confidentiality in relation to their issue.


Contact Us

Ability Services
ability.services@uwrf.edu
Phone: 715-425-0740
Fax: 715-425-0742
M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
129 Hagestad Hall