Common Accommodations

Test Accommodations:

  • Extended time is usually 50% more time to take a test. Greater percentages of additional time, and opportunity to take breaks during tests may also be possible if justified by documentation.
  • Questions read out loud. Almost always the person who’s reading the questions is not the professor who wrote the test, so in that situation the wording of questions cannot be changed.
  • Writing Assistance allows students to answer questions out loud while someone else does the writing.
  • Alternative test taking locations can reduce distractions that might occur in the classroom.
  • Note: Ability Services plays no role on arranging accommodations for “placement tests” (the tests all Freshmen are expected to take before registering for their first courses). For accommodations on placement tests contact Mr. Tim O'Connor tnoconno@wisc.edumail as soon as possible.

Copies of Lecture Notes:

Professors may choose to give copies of their notes to the student, or ask Ability Services to arrange for note taking services. In the later, Ability Services receives copies of the notes from a classmate and arranges for them to be available to the student via the internet. The classmate does not have to know the identity of the student. Usually these are handwritten notes. Typically, typed notes are arranged only when documentation sufficiently indicates it’s required. This accommodation is not actually intended to be a substitute for class attendance. In rare medical situations, which may prevent a student from attending class, the professor may agree to allow this accommodation.

Text Accommodations:

Text accommodations could be an audio book, or written transcript of audio media like a soundtrack of a video. Copyright laws usually make it illegal to produce an audio version of a book and the transcript from an audio soundtrack unless a disability truly requires it, so the need for this accommodation should be thoroughly indicated by documentation.


Sign language services are available for deaf students during classes, any course activities that professors require outside of class, for necessary meetings with representatives of the university, and at UWRF sponsored events. Because all the interpreters are private practice professionals who need to sign contracts with UWRF, this usually takes considerable time to set-up. The ideal time to contact Ability Services about this accommodation is immediately after you've applied to attend UWRF.

Other Reasonable Accommodations: 

Other kinds of reasonable and appropriate accommodations can be arranged. Documentation should sufficiently explain why they’re necessary. This can include changes to the routine ways that common accommodations typically occur (above).

Contact Us

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