Getting Started

ARC facilitates access for students who are or who have:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Chronic Health Conditions
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Medical Disabilities
  • Mobility Disabilities
  • Psychological Disabilities (anxiety, bipolar, depression, etc)
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Visual Impairments

ARC may accommodate a student with a temporary impairment if the impairment is substantial enough to be a disability. ARC also offers a list of resources for undiagnosed students who feel they may benefit from accommodations. 

Documentation Guidelines

Eligibility  for  accommodations  and  services  are  established  through information  obtained  from  the  student’s  self‐report (ARConnect Application) and self-submitted medical documentation. The documentation must be on letterhead, typed, dated, and signed. The information must be from a qualified/licensed professional e.g., physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health counselor, etc.), who is unrelated to the student, and whose credentials permit the evaluation of the disability.

Documentation Guidelines are provided to assist students in obtaining documentation to establish the need for reasonable accommodations:

Placement Testing

Students accepted to UWM as Freshmen are required to take placement testing in Math and English. Accommodated testing is not offered during regularly scheduled placement testing sessions, they are scheduled on an individual basis after approval.

  • If you are an incoming new freshman who plans to start during a summer/fall term, it is required that students follow the directions set forth by the UW Center for Placement Testing. Approval is granted via the UW Center for Placement Testing.
  • If you are a current UW-Milwaukee student or an incoming new freshman who plans to start during a winter/spring term, please contact the UWM Placement Coordinator via email at to request accommodations. The Placement Coordinator will work with ARC to determine appropriate accommodations and help you register for a test session.

Apply for Accommodations

If you are a current or new student to UWM and have a documented disability, the Accessibility Resource Center can help you with academic and university housing accommodations. Submit an application for accommodations.