Services and Accommodations

Accommodations and services are determined by the ARC counselor and the student through an interactive, individual process with consideration given to the disability documentation, past history, functional limitations, and student self report.

Accommodations are listed on the Accommodation Plan which the student is expected to share with each instructor. It is recommended that the student meet with each instructor during their office hours to share the accommodation plan and discuss the accommodations needed for each class. The accommodation plan is updated each semester.

Accommodation Procedure

  1. Student meets with ARC counselor for initial interview
  2. During the initial interview an Accommodation Plan is developed. (This plan lists the accommodations the student is eligible to receive.)
  3. Immediately following the initial interview the student receives an electronic copy of the Accommodation Plan
  4. Student shares the Accommodation Plan with each instructor electronically via email or in print during instructor office hours
  5. Students are encouraged to discuss accommodations for each course with their instructor(s)

Alternative Formats

An alternative format of standard print books and materials is accessible to people with print and other disabilities. An alternate format may include electronic formats (e.g. ePub, PDF) audio text, Braille or enlarged print.

Audio Recording/Smartpen

This accommodation is provided to ensure that students of varying abilities are able to obtain information from course lectures and discussions.  This accommodation is achieved through the recording of lectures from any device, including a smartpen.

Exam/Quiz Accommodations

Testing accommodations may include extended time, a separate room, alternate formats, etc.  The preferred location for the administration of an exam is within the instructor’s department.  If the department does not have the resources such as a quiet testing room, or staff to proctor extended time, or when technology or a format change is required for the student to take an exam, then the student may take the exam at the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC).

Interpreting and Captioning

The role of interpreting and real-time captioning providers in the classroom is to effectively, accurately, and impartially facilitate communication. Interpreting may include cued speech transliteration or sign language.  Captioning may include captioned media and real-time communication access.

Media Captioning Procedure

  1. Instructors with student(s) enrolled who request captioned media receive a Video Request Letter approximately four weeks before the semester begins
  2. Instructors are encouraged to search for captioned versions of media before submitting a captioning request to ARC.  Helpful hints and a list of captioned media resources are available on the Media Captioning web page.
  3. If a captioned version of the media is not available, instructors submit a request to ARC through a link in the Video Request Letter.

Notetaking Services

The notetaker accommodation involves providing typed or written notes from another student or the instructor.  Smartpens may be provided as a notetaking accommodation.

Placement Test Accommodations

Testing accommodations involve placement tests for students admitted to UWM and exams, quizzes and finals for eligible ARC students.  A testing accommodation may affect how a test is taken but not what it measures.

More information about placement test accommodations is available on the Placement Test Accommodations web page.

Housing Accommodations

Students with documented long-term or permanent disabilities or serious medical conditions may request housing accommodations. To be eligible for housing accommodations the student must have a disability as defined by the ADA and the disability must necessitate adjustments to the living environment.  More information is available on the Housing Accommodations web page.

Service and Assistance Animals

Temporary Impairments


July 2019