UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Disclosing a Disability

College students are considered legal adults with a right to privacy. It's one of the reasons that UWRF staff and professors don't monitor individual students to consider the possibility they may have a difficult medical, physical, sensory, or brain-related issue. Instead, students needing an accommodation are expected to voluntarily contact Ability Services and acknowledge it. This is the "self-disclosure process." A convenient way to start the process is with a Self-Disclosure Form. This form is also available at Ability Services, 129 Hagestad Hall.

Additionally, students are expected to submit a written summary describing their medical, physical, sensory, or brain-related issue. This summary is called "documentation," and should be written by a qualified expert, e.g., a doctor, and contain certain specific details. UWRF does not supply the expert nor does UWRF pay any fees the expert may charge. UWRF will NOT contact the expert to request documentation on behalf of students. It often seems to take considerable time for students to arrange and submit documentation. This can delay their accommodation. For advice about documentation,  please review Documenting a Disability or contact Ability Services.

As a new semester approaches, Ability Services may be unable to rapidly review or react to incoming documentation.Thus, we recommend that students submit documentation at least three weeks prior to the semester that the accommodation is required. We also suggest that students meet with Mark Johnson, Office Coordinator, Ability Services, for an individualized discussion either before or soon after being accepted to UWRF.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires Ability Services to protect student confidentiality.

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