UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Ability Services

Current Students

A.S. Connect for Current Students

  • Login into the current student portal titled, "A.S. Connect."
  • Request your accommodations through this platform for each semester
  • Update any new documenation to support the need for any new accommodation requests
  • Review current list of eligible accommodations 
  • Sign-up for SMS Texts
  • Receive office updates and news

A.S. Connect

 

The first step for each student requesting accommodations is to complete the New Student Application form found on our home page. Once this form is complete, the student will receive an email providing the contact information for step 2 of the process, scheduling an Intake appointment with an Ability Services staff to discuss the student’s learning style, strengths, and academic barriers. Students are asked to share information with staff about how and why their disability makes it difficult for them academically.

Accommodation Process

Based on information gathered during the Intake process, the student will be contacted by Ability Services staff when reasonable accommodations have been determined. A Letter of Eligibility outlines the individualized, approved accommodations for the student. This letter is for personal record only and is not to be distributed to professors.

The final meeting for student is to learn how to appropriately use their accommodations on campus. At this meeting, students will obtain their Faculty Notification Letters. The student receives one letter for each professor, each semester. The student shares this letter with their professors. Students have the liberty to choose which courses will require accommodations. 

Students are responsible for giving their Faculty Notification Letter to each professor prior to requesting any accommodations in a class. Students are encouraged to meet with their professors to discuss the accommodations and their individual learning needs.  Requests for testing accommodations should be turned in one week ahead of time for each test and a minimum of two week before finals week. Faculty Notification Letters are dated for a specific semester. By reqeuesting new letters each semseter, a student has the opportunity to meet with Ability Services staff to discuss if changes are necessary to their approved accommodations. It also allows Ability Services to know that a student is satisfied with the accommodation process. If ever a student feels an accommodation need is not being met, they should reach out to Ability Services as soon as possible.

A temporary impairment (broken arm or leg, surgery, recovering from surgery, etc.) does not constitute a disability for purposes of Section 504 or the ADA unless its severity is such that it results in a substantial limitation of one or more major life activities for an extended period of time. Temporary accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration both the duration and expected duration of the impairment, and the extent to which it actually limits a major life activity of the student. Individuals with temporary disabilities are encouraged to connect with Ability Services office to determine whether reasonable accommodations are required.

Temporary disabilities can include, but are not limited to, concussions, broken limbs, or post-surgical procedures. All temporary disabilities are handled on a case-by-case basis so accommodations may not always be available.

Please connect with the Ability Services office to seek out temporary parking accommodations. The Ability Services office is able to arrange a temporary disability parking permit for students who submit a disability parking application that has been signed by a doctor. Such a special parking permit is only valid on campus. The temporary permit expires after 30 days and cannot be renewed through any UWRF office.  See the state links below for the appropriate application found on the website of a Department of Transportation (DOT).  Students should use the DOT website that matches the state where their vehicle is licensed. Students who may need disability parking for more than 30 days, or need it somewhere other than campus, should attempt to acquire a disability parking permit directly from their state’s Department of Transportation. 

Accommodations For Students

Extended Test Time- Most students receive 50% additional time.  Depending on the severity of the impairment, the test time could be adjusted up to 100%.
 

Alternative Testing Location- Most students take exams in distraction reduced locations where a small number of other students may be present. Students who have significant barriers in distractibility and concentration can see benefits in a less stimulating environment. Some students qualify for a private testing room. These students may need more physical space due for wheel chair access, high levels of social anxiety, etc. 

 
Writing Assistance –For students who struggle with writing their responses, students can be offered a scribe to record responses that are dictated from the student.
 

Test Questions Read Aloud- Test questions are read by Ability Services staff who can only read each question as written. No question can be rephrased or reworded. 

 
 

This accommodation is for a medical, physical, or brain related issue that limits the ability to write adequate notes.  It is not intended to be a substitute for the need to attend class. The copies of notes are often handwritten and obtained from a classmate. Typically, the classmate does not know the identity of the student who is receiving the notes. Word-processed notes can be arranged if documentation explains why such a thing is important.

Students have opportunities throughout the course of the semester to develop their self-awareness and self-advocacy skills in preparation for meetings with professors to discuss their learning needs, barriers, and accommodation supports. 
Students who are experiencing difficulties obtaining the appropriate accommodations with faculty and staff they can connect with Ability Services for additional supports to aid in the resolving the concern.


Preferential Seating, Priority Registration, Course Substitution Evaluation, Classroom Furniture, Early Access to Course Materials, Reduced Credit Load Recommendation, etc.
 

Alternative format text provides copies of textbooks or other print materials in electronic format, Braille, or another accessible format.

FM System Listening Devices, Spelling Software Programs, Audio Recorders, Screen Readers,

NEW - Requesting Accommodations

For Summer and Fall 2020

As a result of the moving to online instruction during the Spring of 2020 semester, the process for requesting accommodations for each semester has moved online. Students who would like to use their accommodations for Summer and Fall term need to make their request by completing the form listed below:

Faculty Notification Letter Request

 

Reminders 

  • Faculty Notification Letters (FNL) are valid for one term. Every semester the student should request a new set of letters and then meet with individual professors to present and discuss their eligible accommodation(s).
  • Eligible students are not required to meet with an AS staff each semester. It is required that students complete their request for FNL each semester and confirm their current accommodations are satisfactory.
  • Why do we need to request accommodations each semester? 
    1. Each student has the right to determine if and when they would like to use their approved accommodations and the Ability Services staff do not make assumptions about the needs of the student, as each student has the right to determine what level of support they need in each of their courses.
    2.  This is also an opportunity to discuss if the AS office could support the student in a different way. It creates an opportunity for communication with the student. 
  • Students can update or review their accommodation plan at any point during their collegiate career. If a student does want to seek any additional accommodations, they are required to set-up an Accommodation Review Meeting with the Ability Services Manager, Alicia Reinke-Tuthill. Updated documentation may be required to support the need for the student’s additionally requested accommodations.
  • Current students should request their accommodations (FNL) within 30 days of the term start date. 
  • For concerns or issues during the course of the semester, please contact Alicia Reinke-Tuthill or Deb Morgan

Key Terms

Letter of Eligibility:  States the approved, reasonable accommodations for the student. This list of accommodations is determined through a specific, collaborative process between the student and the Ability Services staff. This letter is to document agreement of accommodations between the student and the Ability Services office and is not to be distributed to professors.
 

Faculty Notification Letter:  States the approved accommodations a particular student is eligible to receive. The letter does not list diagnosis information, only the accommodations the student may request.  No accommodation listed in this letter should be assumed by the professor.  How and when a student wants to use a listed accommodation can vary from class to class, therefore the professor will grant the accommodation once an outward request has been made by the student.  

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