- Review documentation related to disabilities.
- Interview the student to determine functional limitations in the educational environment posed by the disability.
- Determine reasonable accommodations to assure equal access and equal challenge.
Disability Services maintains records and files about students with disabilities. These records are confidential and not shared with faculty or other staff without the consent of the student. However, faculty with questions about accommodations are always encouraged to consult with the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities to assure that accommodation needs are being met and that the integrity of the learning experience is not jeopardized.
At times, the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities may contact faculty of some courses if there are specific questions about what accommodations are possible or for advice on how best to assist a student. An example of a time when the coordinator may consult directly with a faculty member might be assisting a blind student enrolled in a science or geography class that includes identification of materials or landforms.
OCR provides guidance on this process as follows:
“Institutions of postsecondary education must provide an appropriate academic adjustment based on students’ disabilities and individual needs when necessary to avoid discrimination. In providing an academic adjustment, a postsecondary institution does not have to eliminate or lower essential requirements, or make modifications that would result in a fundamental alteration of the programs or activities being offered or impose an undue burden on the institution.”
UW System Policy Adopted December 6, 1996:
“The University of Wisconsin System is committed to making individuals with disabilities full participants in its programs, services and activities through its compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Board recognizes that individuals with disabilities may need accommodations to have equally effective opportunities to participate in or benefit from the university’s programs, services and activities.”