Applying for Accommodations

The UWSP Disability and Assistive Technology Center (DATC), in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its Amendments, and UW System Policy on Individuals with Disabilities, provides accommodations to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in or benefit from UWSP and its programs, services and activities in the most integrated setting.

To qualify for accommodations, a student must provide documentation of their disability and engage in an interactive process with DATC staff to identify and establish reasonable accommodations

Fall ’19 New Students Important Dates & Reminders

  • Once admitted, watch for opportunities to sign up for a First Year or Transfer STAR session this spring or summer.
  • Check out our Leading Edge transition program, being held August 27th & 28th, 2019

3 Steps to Apply for Accommodations

For students entering UWSP in the fall, please apply no later than the end of June (if possible). This helps us accommodate the large numbers of new students each fall. Even if you are unsure about using accommodations, we urge you to apply and get qualified so that you can use accommodations quickly should you need them.

UWSP at Marshfield or UWSP at Wausau Students: Please consult with Dawn Messerschmidt (Marshfield) or Amy Seering (Wausau) about accommodations before applying.

1. Establish a DATC Connect Account

2. Submit Documentation and a Completed Application to DATC Connect

Disability Type Appropriate Disability Assessment Form to Return to DATC
Autism Spectrum Disorders General Disability Documentation Form and/or Psychological Disability Documentation Form

Please also submit evaluation summaries or reports from any psychoeducation testing. IEPs or 504 plans can be useful resources, but if they do not document diagnosis and functional limitations, they may not qualify students for accommodations at the post-secondary level.
Learning Disability Learning Disability Guidelines

Submit a recent psychoeducational evaluation with test analysis and interpretation. Please note that IEPs or 504 plans that do not include neuropsychological evaluation and reporting may not qualify students for post-secondary accommodations.
ADD/ADHD ADD/ADHD Disability Documentation Form

A recent psychoeducational evaluation with test analysis and interpretation may be submitted in lieu of the ADD/ADHD Disability Documentation Form.

If the age of the psychoeducation evaluation is older than 5 years old, please provide the evaluation AND a recently completed UWSP ADD/ADHD Documentation Form
Psychological/Mental Health Psychological Disability Documentation Form
Deaf/Hard of Hearing General Disability Documentation Form and an audiological evaluation and/or audiogram.
Mobility, Systemic, or Health-Related Disabilities General Disability Documentation Form
Low Vision or Blindness General Disability Documentation Form and vision exam/evaluation report from an appropriate eye care professional, such as an ophthalmologist, optometrist, or low vision specialist
Traumatic Brain Injury General Disability Documentation Form

A recent neuropsychological assessment (within 5 years) with test analysis and interpretation may also be required.
Temporary Conditions General Disability Documentation Form

Students with conditions (illnesses, injuries, post-surgical recovery) that are not permanent are encouraged to seek temporary accommodations if necessary.

General Documentation Guidelines

  • Documentation should be appropriate to verify eligibility: include a diagnosis; address functional limitation and/or note the major life activities impacted by the impairment; and support the need for accommodations.
  • DATC has the discretion to require additional documentation if needed.
  • Costs incurred for evaluation, assessment, or diagnosis and obtaining documentation is borne by the student. The University is not required to provide evaluation, assessment, or diagnostic resources.
  • For further information on documentation requirements please see the WI Disability Documentation Guide for Post-secondary Education. The guide does not comprise statute, policy, or procedural requirements. Each individual postsecondary institution is responsible for establishing and implementing their acceptable disability documentation criteria and procedures. Generally, postsecondary institutions are requesting disability documentation from an official medical/professional, licensed/certified to diagnose and provide evidence and recommendations for the student’s disability(ies). Examples of medical/professionals that postsecondary institutions are generally currently accepting as qualified to make a diagnosis are: private and educational psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed physicians, other licensed health professionals, such as optometrists, speech/language pathologists, and others. In some cases, the IEP recommendation of the special education category in K-12 will not satisfy this requirement.
  • DATC staff will review any received documentation and respond with next steps, including a request for additional information/documentation or scheduling an intake meeting.
  • DATC staff are glad to meet with students to discuss concerns and procedures at any time. Submission of documentation is not required in order to have an initial consultation.

3. Participate in an Intake Meeting

The intake meeting is a conversation about your request and documentation, accommodation history, and the impact of your condition(s). We also explain processes for implementing your accommodations.

  • First Year and New Transfer Students: DATC staff are available to meet with you when you are in Stevens Point for STAR. Please contact the office to make arrangements. If you cannot meet before/after STAR you should seek an intake meeting during the first few days of the semester or attend the fall Leading Edge transition program in late August.
  • UWSP at Marshfield or UWSP at Wausau Students: Your campus contact and DATC staff in Stevens Point will make arrangements to discuss your request in person or via phone, Skype, etc.