UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Student Handbook

Ability Services

Ability Services

ability.services@uwrf.edu
Phone: 715-425-0740
Fax: 715-425-0742
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
123 Rodli Hall

Vision

The Vision of the Ability Services Office is centered on three primary goals, Fostering Independence, Reducing Barriers, and Promoting Inclusively. 

Mission

At the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the mission of Ability Services is to arrange equal access and opportunity for students to use their abilities.

Ability Services is an office for students with medical, physical, sensory, or brain related issue that can substantially impact a college education. The impact could be related to their courses or ability to live on-campus. The goal is to arrange equal access and opportunity for the student. A primary way of accomplishing that goal is through various kinds of accommodations.

Accommodations

Accommodations are typically adjustments in the way things are done, not adjustments in the curriculum.  An accommodation could be a different way to receive important information for courses, such as audio textbooks.  It could also be a different way to do important things, such as having additional time to take tests. Examples for campus living accommodations could be that one is assigned to live in a residential hall that has an elevator or having a room that is very close to a restroom. Other kinds of accommodations are also possible.

Students who want accommodations are initially expected to do the following two things: 

1. Complete the New Student Application found on the Ability Services main page

2. This is a good time to submit written information from an expert clinician, often a doctor. The documentation should adequately explain the nature of the student's medical, physical, sensory, or brain-related issue, and how it creates an important reason for specific kinds of accommodations. 

3. Make an intake appointment by calling 715-425-0740.

Depending on individual circumstances, the process of setting up an accommodation can occur within a few days, or take considerable time. Typically, any delays are related to the amount of time it takes a student to provide appropriate, supporting documentation. Students who are interested in having accommodations should contact Ability Services a couple months prior to attending their first semester at UWRF. If a current student has a new diagnosis which could substantially affect their academic responsibilities, we strongly encourage beginning the process by completing the New Student Application as linked above. 

Manager of Ability Services: Alicia Reinke-Tuthill

Accommodations Manager: Deb Morgan