Training Overview

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Welcome to the Accessibility Training and Resource site for instructors!

UWM is strongly committed to maintaining an environment that provides students with disabilities full access to its educational programs, activities, and facilities. Current federal law (Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendments Act of 2008Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) and UW-System Board of Regents Policy 14-10 require the university to make reasonable modifications to ensure that there is no discrimination against qualified students with disabilities. In addition, providing all students equal opportunities to succeed is foundational to the mission of the university and is a shared responsibility and collaborative effort among students, instructors, and the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC).

The purpose of this site, therefore, is to provide you as an instructor with the resources and training you need to support students with disabilities and to make your course accessible for all students. You can use this site to:

Self-Paced Training

The Accessibility and Training Resources site is meant to be used as a self-paced training for instructors on accessibility and Universal Design. Each page on the site provides unit objectives and content on a specific accessibility-related topic. At the bottom of each page, you will find a two-question quiz to self-assess your learning as you complete the training.

Please note that this site does not save your progress, so if you leave the site and return, you will need to remember where to resume. Once you have reviewed all content in Parts I and II of the training, you will be able to take the Accessibility Quiz. Reviewing all parts of the training and completing the quiz should take approximately 60 minutes.

This site is divided into two parts:

Part I: Accommodations

Part I focuses on the steps and responsibilities for providing accommodations for students with disabilities, including Alternative Testing, Notetaking, Interpreting and Captioning, Academic Flexibility, and Assistive Technology.

Part II: Universal Design

Part II focuses on principles and practical suggestions to help you design your course to better meet the needs of all students, including students with disabilities.

UWM Certificate for Accessibility and Universal Design

In addition to finding important resources on this site, you can earn the UWM Certificate for Accessibility and Universal Design by completing all parts of this training. This certificate is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and formally verifies that you have completed this training. Earning the certificate is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to teaching and to our students at the university.

ARC and CETL Collaboration

This site is the result of a collaboration between the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). ARC has the mission of providing accommodations and supporting faculty and staff in creating an accessible campus and inclusive climate for students with disabilities. ARC relies on faculty and staff collaboration to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. UWM could not meet its legally mandated obligations without your individual commitment. Your efforts are vital as we work together to provide an inclusive academic environment for all students.

CETL seeks to foster a campus culture in which excellence in teaching and attention to student learning are understood and legitimately pursued as scholarly, intellectual work. In acknowledging and sustaining excellence, CETL believes that teaching and student learning are intimately connected and that efforts to improve teaching find their true worth in improved learning. CETL offers numerous teaching programs, a range of consultation services, awards and opportunities, technology training and support resources.


If you have questions or concerns about this UWM Accessibility Resource site, please contact Dylan Barth. If you have questions related to accommodations or accessibility, please contact ARC.

Thank you to everyone who made this project possible, including: Jason Anderson, Shannon Aylesworth, Dylan Barth, Jonathan Broskowski, Cassie Franklin, Aura Hirschman, Amy Mangrich, and Barb Simon.