UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

About the Office

About the Office

Mission

Mission:

At UW-River Falls, the mission of Ability Services is to arrange equal access and opportunity for students in the way of academic accommodations, and to provide students an inclusive and accessible campus community and culture.

Vision

Learning Outcomes

We are driven to provide learning outcomes that represent the needs of the students we serve. Our goals are to Foster Independence in students, Reduce Barriers in the academic environment, and Promote Inclusivity on campus and in the community.

Foster Independence

We empower students by helping them build their self-awareness and self-advocacy skills to effectively communicate their needs, strengths, learning style and barriers.

 

Reduce Barriers

We arrange reasonable academic accommodations to best ensure that students can maximize the use of their inherent ability by providing them the supports required for their educational learning and academic opportunities.

Promote Inclusivity

We provide initiatives to help establish a culture of understanding and awareness in relation to the disability populations served on the UWRF campus. We advocate for accessibility in the learning environment and educating the larger campus community on disability issues.  

Core Values

The Ability Services office is committed to not only support the individual needs of students with disabilities, but also to work collaboratively to provide an environment, culture, and community that honors individual differences. These core values are shaped by participating in campus collaboration, engaging in community partnerships, and providing opportunities for outreach and education.

Campus Collaboration

The Ability Services Office values collaboration as being an essential function of honoring equal access and opportunity to students with disabilities. We work to establish positive working relationships between faculty and the students we serve. Outside of collaborating with faculty, we are devoted to promoting disability diversity on our campus and providing education, outreach, and awareness regarding the needs of our students. We achieve this by collaborating closely with the following campus partners: Student Health and Counseling, TRIO/SSS, Residence Life, Admissions, Parking, Facilities, Textbook Services, Registrars, Speech and Hearing Clinic, Dinning Services, Division of Technology Services, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Disability Advisory Committee, Medical Emergency Withdrawal Committee, Autism Transition Program Committee, Commencement Committee, Week of Welcome Committee, and the Campus Climate Sexual Assault Assessment Committee.

Outreach and Education

We are committed to promoting professional development and continuing education opportunities for faculty and staff to learn best practices in effectively servicing the needs of students with disabilities in the classroom, campus departments, residence halls, and the larger campus community. Providing outreach and establishing a greater understanding of disability culture on our campus is a vital aspect our of office’s vision and mission.

Community Partnership

The Ability Services office is dedicated to connecting with local school districts to aid in educating students, parents, and high school staff on the expectations and requirements for receiving academic accommodations in Higher Education. Education sessions and informational panels are platforms used to promote outreach about services and supports while also appropriately preparing prospective students for the transition from high school to college. Developing community partnerships, and understanding community resources is vital to establishing a sustainable long-term culture and vision that encompasses all of the factors prospective students with disabilities take into consideration when making their decision about what university to select. The Ability Services Office strives to provide supports during each student’s educational journey by collaborating with community providers to offer comprehensive supports that can best service the complex needs of each individual student.

Diversity Statement

The UWRF Ability Services office is committed to foster an inclusive campus environment for all students, demolishing the stigma attached to the word disability. We believe our community is enriched by diversity and direct our focus by furthering the education, understanding, and advancement of students with disabilities. We empower students to effectively communicate their needs, strengths, and barriers in order to provide equal opportunities in the classroom and other university-sponsored programs. We welcome advocacy allies and encourage suggestions to further establish a culture of understanding and awareness in relation to the disability population served on our campus.

Staff

 

Alicia Reinke-Tuthill

Manager of Ability Services

Deb Morgan

Accommodations Manager

 
Call 715-425-0740

Appointments and general inquiries

ability.services@uwrf.edu
 

 

Where can you find us?

The Ability Services office is located at 129 Hagestad Hall, street level. Stop by and visit with any questions, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  We can also be found at college visit information fairs, new student registration information fairs and sessions, week of welcome sessions, and the counseling services health fair. We are dedicated to advocate for accessibility in the classroom and across campus, so you will see us out and about!

Contact Us

Ability Services
Your Access Resource Center

715-425-0740

ability.services@uwrf.edu
Fax: 715-425-0742
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
129 Hagestad Hall