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 of Regents 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.
The University of Wisconsin System is a supporter of equal opportunities in education. University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Policy 96-6, Nondiscrimination on Basis of Disability states, "no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in any program, service, or activity offered by the universities."
In addition, the University of Wisconsin promotes the concept of universal design throughout the system. This concept holds that all designs should attempt to optimize usability for everyone, regardless of abilities. Universal design requires no prior knowledge of a disability. Everything is created to be as totally and universally accessible as possible. This includes the physical environment, the information environment and the curricular environment.
Three entities in the University of Wisconsin System are responsible for developing policy; advising faculty, staff and students; and providing services to people with disabilities:
- The President's Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (PACDI), responsible for advising the System's President;
- The ADA Coordinators, responsible for overseeing ADA compliance at each institution; and
- The Coordinators of Services for Students with Disabilities (CSSD) that respond to students' needs.
For more information and resources, see also:
- Policy & Guidelines
- UW System Policy on Individuals with Disabilities (14-10)
- Policy 14-10 with Guidelines for Implementation
- Universal Design
- Campus Offices for Students with Disabilities
A Wisconsin Post-Secondary
Guide to Disability Documentation, 2004 (5.5 MB .doc)
- McBurney Center
- ACCESS-ed Project
(Accessible Campus Climate Environment Support Systems for Education)
- ADA 2010 Regulations Overview