UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Ability Services

Ability Services

Classroom Accommodations:  Ability Services works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment for students.  The purpose of academic accommodations is to provide equal access to all educational programs offered at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and the opportunity for students to benefit from them. 

Housing Accommodations:  Residence Life creates the communities in which students live, study and build friendships.  UWRF recognizes that students with disabilities may require a housing accommodation to fully participate in the residential component of the university experience.  Ability Services actively works with UWRF Residence Life to provide reasonable housing accommodations within University-owned housing.  Applications are reviewed by the Residence Life Accommodations Committee. 

Please Note:  Accommodation requests will be considered based on an individual's disability.  Documentation from licensed clinicians, explaining how a student's diagnosis impacts them, is necessary for most disabilities.  All students applying for accommodations at UWRF follow the same process.  Accommodations are not retroactive. Follow the steps shown below to start the process. 

 

Apply for Accommodations at UWRF

 

1. Click the button to complete the application
  1. New Student Application

  • Students will use their Falcon ID (w3xxxxxx) and password to access the online application. Confirmation will be sent to the student's UWRF email account when the application has been successfully submitted.
  • If the student has not applied to UWRF, yet has questions, please call us at 715-425-0740 or email us at ability.services@uwrf.edu.
2. Submit documentation of your disability(-ies)
  • We rely on documentation from licensed clinicians (medical / psychological / neuropsychological evaluation). An IEP could be submitted if the diagnostic information and evaluation are included.
  • If the student needs a form for the treating professional to fill out, our collaborative form has proven helpful to obtain the appropriate information. Here is a link to that form: Collaborative Form
  • To learn more about appropriate documentation, see Documenting a Disability.  
3. Schedule an Intake Appointment
  • An email will be sent to the student after the application and uploading of  documentation is completed. This email is an invitation to schedule an appointment with a Disability Specialist to discuss possible accommodations. Please contact us if you do not receive an email within 5 business days of submitting your application. 

Accommodations cannot be requested until the student completes this process, emails a Faculty Notification Letter to their instructor, and makes an outward request for a specific accommodation. The time needed to determine accommodation eligibility depends on documentation, appointment availability, and processing time.

 

To view the steps from beginning to end,

Click on the Academic Accommodation Process below to learn more. 

Academic Accommodation Process

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Returning Students 

Those who have been approved for accommodations and have used them previously on the UWRF campus.

Click on the A.S. Connect portal to email your Faculty Notification Letters at the beginning of a new term. The link is also available on our Current Students page.

A.S. Connect

If you request accommodations a placement test under non-standard conditions due to a disability, do not register online. Instead, send a letter on high school letterhead from a teacher, counselor, or principal describing the appropriate accommodations you need.

With the letter, please include:

  1. Your address and telephone number
  2. Which site you would like to test at
  3. Which UW campus you plan to enroll

Email this information to tnoconno@wisc.edu, or mail to:

Tim O'Connor, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706

Dietary Accommodations:  At UWRF, we believe that the ability to dine safely on campus with peers is a significant part of the college experience. Students who need a dietary accommodation related to food allergies or other dietary related diagnoses should contact Dining Services at least two weeks prior to the start of a new semester by completing the Meal Accommodation Form.  

  • UWRF will accept requests and consider documentation for accommodation in University housing at any time.
  • If the request for accommodation is made fewer than sixty (60) days before the student intends to move into University housing, UWRF cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the individual’s accommodation needs during the semester or term in which the request is received.
  • Review for Spring 2022 accommodation requests begins November 16th 
  • Review for Fall 2022 accommodation requests begins April 4 for current UWRF students
  • Review for Fall 2022 accommodation requests begins May 2 for new/transfer students
  • Residence Life will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations. 
  • Helpful forms if immediate documentation isn't available:
    1. Resident form - student completes for disability-related housing accommodation
    2. Clinician form - licensed medical professional completes to support student's need for disability-related housing accommodation

Reasonable ESA accommodation requests are determined by the Residential Life Accommodation Committee.  The process is the same for all inquiries.  Once all steps are completed (application / documentation / intake meeting), it can take up to 30 days to determine eligibility. Only one ESA per student, per campus-owned living unit. 

Step 1: Review this document, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Disability-Related Housing Accommodation to better understand the logistics of the approval process.

Step 2: Watch ESA at UWRF video tutorial to learn more about basic eligibility requirements.

Step 3: Complete the New Student Application (the same one used for classroom accommodation, shown above). In the "Additional Note" section of the application, please note "ESA Request".

Step 4: There are two important pieces of documentation which are required for all ESA requests. 

Note:  Submitting these completed forms does not guarantee approval, rather it means that you have fulfilled the necessary documentation for your housing accommodation request to be reviewed. Both forms are linked below.

1. Student Request Form for a Residence Life Disability-Related Accommodation (the student completes)

2. Clinician Form to support the Student's Emotional Support Animal Accommodation Request (the student's therapist or doctor completes)

Step 5:  Make an Intake Appointment with Ability Services to discuss your request. Documentation must be received before we can move forward to this appointment.

The appointment is required of all students requesting an accommodation.  You may choose in-person or virtual appointments. Please call the office at 715-425-0740, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students admitted for

Fall 2022 classes

To determine eligibility for accommodations, Intake meetings will start in May. General inquires are welcome at any time.

1. Housing - Monday, May 2nd
2. Academic - Monday, May 9th

Enrolled students at UWRF with a new diagnosis or an intent to request accommodations:

During Fall and Spring semesters, requests for accommodations need to be completed approximately 5 weeks before the end of the term. Any requests made past the deadline will be at the discretion of the Ability Services Manager to determine if accommodations can be offered for the rest of the semester. For more information on this deadline, please review the "Accommodation Deadline Request Policy" found on our Policies page. 

Person-First VS. Identity-First Language 

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ADAAA

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) is a civil rights law that was originally passed by Congress in 1990 (as the Americans with Disabilities Act-ADA) and protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace, as well as school and other settings. The ADA was amended in 2008 and became effective January 1, 2009.

Equal Access for Students

Fostering Independence, Reducing Barriers, & Promoting Inclusion

 

Ability Services

715.425.0740
ability.services@uwrf.edu
Confidential Fax: 715.425.0742
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
123 David Rodli Hall