UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Rodli Hall West entrance
We Are Here for Current Students

We are committed as ever to offer support to current students in a prompt and efficient manner. We are available to answer questions to prospective students, and in late Spring, meet with Fall 2021 students. 

Due to the University's decision to keep our campus community safe during this unprecedented time, staff will be holding virtual appointments through January 2021. Please reach out to us by emailing ability.services@uwrf.edu or calling 715-425-0740 to set up a meeting time. For more details regarding how COVID-19 is impacting overall campus functions, please review the following website https://www.uwrf.edu/Falcons-Forward/Index.cfm

Temporary Remote Learning Order, effective Nov. 30, 2020

The Ability Services office will remain open from 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. This order will not cause disruptions in day-to-day services as it pertains to academic accommodations. 

Safety Protocols for Students with Underlying Health Conditions Living in Campus Housing

If you have a diagnosed condition like (Type I Diabetes, Seizures, etc.) that may require emergency treatment in the Residence Halls, please identify a safe alternative safety plan that does not involve the use of other residents. Residents should not develop safety plans that involve roommates or other residents as a core element of their plan. Residents who use devices like the Dexcom app for glucose monitoring or the Embrace Emergency device for tonic-clonic seizure activity, should come to campus with an appropriate safety plan. Other residents should not be asked to have access to apps or other technology that involve another resident’s glucose monitoring levels or seizure activity. 

Roommates or other residents should not be expected to be responsible for administering glucagon injections or first-aid seizure care. However, talk to your roommate about your condition and inform them of the necessary safety steps if an emergency occurs. Residents will be asked to call 911, in lieu of administering any medication or first-aid care.  

If your previous safety plan involved a resident who is no longer living in the Residence Halls, please take the time to revisit your plan with your family and health care provider. 

Ability Services

Ability Services

Fostering Independence, Reducing Barriers, & Promoting Inclusion

Ability Services is as committed as ever to provide support to UWRF students during alternative instruction.

  • General Inquires: email us at ability.services@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-0740
  • Begin the Process for Accommodations: complete the New Student Application below 
  • New Diagnosis: email us at ability.services@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-0740 to determine if an adjustment in accommodation is needed
  • Request Faculty Notification Letters. This is for returning students who have used approved accommodations during a previous semester at UWRF.

When discussion beyond email is requested by either party, we regularly meet virtually with students through Microsoft Teams. There is more information on Virtual Meetings shown below.

Campus Collaboration

With many classes moved to an online format, recognize that creating accommodations meant for in-person instruction will take a creative and collaborative effort by students, faculty, and Ability Services staff. The Ability Services office is connecting with relevant campus stakeholders to ensure reasonable accommodation needs are met during this time. 

If you have concerns about reasonable accommodations during the alternative instruction time period, please email Alicia Reinke-Tuthill, Manager of Ability Services.  If you'd rather leave a message, please call 715-425-0740.

New to the office and wondering who we are?

The mission of the Ability Services office is to arrange equal access and opportunity for students in the way of academic accommodations, inclusivity, and accessibility in the campus community and culture.

Ability Services serves students with a documented disability who need to arrange academic accommodations for their classes. A disability under ADA may include ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, or a physical, sensory, psychological, or learning disability.

Please see the Future Students Page on the left column to learn more about the process of arranging accommodations. For a basic overview of our office, what to expect, and information on reasonable accommodations, check out the Information to Know for New Students.

Request Accommodations in college:

  1. New Student Application

  2. Complete the New Student Application.
  3. Submit Documentation with the application if possible. 
  4. Email the Ability Services office to set-up an intake appointment

Application Hints:

  • Username: Student I.D. number, otherwise known as your W# (Example: w31xxxxx). 
  • Use your UWRF assigned email address on the application. Emails are formatted as such: first.lastname@my.uwrf.edu.
 

What is an accommodation?

An accommodation is typically an adjustment in the way things are done, not an adjustment in the curriculum. An accommodation could be a different way to receive important information for a course, such as using an audio textbook in conjunction with the hardcopy. It could also be a different way to do important things such as having additional time to take tests.

Remote, Virtual Meeting Details

Meeting for the following purposes should be scheduled in advance by emailing Alicia Reinke-Tuthill or Ability Services staff. Please provide 2 meeting options Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Your meeting time will be confirmed by the following business day.

  • Academic Accommodation Intake
  • Housing Accommodation Intake
  • Follow-Up
  • Review current accommodations
  • Problem-Solve Concerns
  • Check-Ins

Suggested meeting platforms - both are free and can be used with your computer, iOS, or Android. The preferred meeting method would be on your computer in order for the Ability Services staff to share screen information with you during the meeting.

If you have used accommodations at UWRF during the previous semester: 

 
Email your Faculty Notification Letters early in the semester
  1. Go to our Current Students page
  2. Click on the A.S. Connect button to login to your student account
  3. Sign-in using your W# number and password
 

Accommodations for

UWRF Placement Testing

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

123 David Rodli Hall

East of Centennial Science Hall 

BEGIN the Process:

Complete the New Student Application on this page. Once completed, make an Intake appointment by emailing the Ability Services office. Provide two available meeting times. You will be contacted by email to confirm your Intake appointment with Alicia Reinke-Tuthill. 

Onboard Training for Incoming Students (New)
Returning students with approved accommodations at UWRF:

Request your Faculty Notification Letters from Ability Services. It's recommended you share your accommodations with your professors at the beginning of each semester in order to provide you the best support.

If you have a new diagnosis or would like to discuss a change in approved accommodations, please request an appointment with Ability Services to initiate a review for eligible accommodations. 

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. 

Important dates to watch during the semester:

Term Deadlines: Last day to add a class, drop a class, register for graduation, registration for various term courses, breaks (no classes), finals, etc.

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