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

Placement Testing for students is performed online in a setting of the students choosing, and no longer has a time limit. If other accommodations are needed beyond extended time, students should contact the UWM Placement Coordinator via email at to request them. The Placement Coordinator will work with ARC to determine appropriate accommodations and schedule 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.

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.