Getting Started

Obtaining Academic Accommodations and Services for Students with Disabilities

In order to receive services from the UWM Accessibility Resource Center, students must submit documentation of their disability and meet with a counselor to develop an accommodation plan.

  1. Complete the UWM Accessibility Resource Center online application and upload documentation of your disability with your application.  Refer to our documentation guidelines.
  2. Documentation may also be dropped off in the main office, Mitchell 112; faxed to 414-229-2237; emailed to; or mailed to Accessibility Resource Center, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201. Refer to our documentation guidelines.
  3. If needed, follow the procedure for Placement Test Accommodations.
  4. After you have submitted your UWM ARC online application, your ARC Counselor will send you a meeting request via your UWM e-mail account.  Please respond to this e-mail to schedule an appointment.  If you are unable to complete the online application, please contact the ARC Main Office at (414) 229-6287 or via email to be connected with the appropriate Counselor.

After your initial meeting with your ARC counselor

  • Share your Accommodation Plan with your instructors during their office hours.
  • Discuss with the instructor the specific accommodations you will need for their course.
  • Make arrangements with the instructor if testing or exam accommodations are needed; note that arrangements must be made IN ADVANCE.
  • If your professor prefers that you take your exams in the ARC, please follow directions via ARConnect Resources to schedule your exams in the ARC.
  • Advise your counselor of any changes in your condition or if you are having difficulties.
  • Renew your Accommodation Plan every year.

ARC works with students with the following disabilities:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Chronic Health Conditions
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Medical Disabilities
  • Mobility Disabilities
  • Psychological Disabilities (anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, etc)
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Documentation submitted to ARC is considered confidential and maintained separately from the student’s educational record.

July 2019