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How to Become a McBurney Client

4 Steps to Request Services for All Students

1. Complete the Online Contact Form.

  • Complete the Online Contact Form as early as possible.
  • Login with your NetID and password if you are a current student or have submitted an application to UW-Madison. (See information on activating your NetID.)
  • If you have not yet applied to UW-Madison, you will login without a NetID. Please preview the questions to ensure you have all necessary information since the form must be completed all at once.

2. Start gathering and submitting documentation of your disability(s).

  • Submit any relevant disability-related documentation that you have on hand (e.g., IEP or 504 plan, etc.)
  • Work on getting copies of the necessary documentation listed in the chart below.


Disability Type

Appropriate Disability Assessment Form to Return to McBurney

Learning Disability

Submit a recent psychoeducational evaluation (within the last 3 years for high school students and the last 5 years for adults) with test analysis and interpretation.

(See Learning Disability page for additional information.)


AD/HD Disability Assessment Form

A recent psychoeducational evaluation (within the last 3 years for high school students and the last 5 years for adults) with test analysis and interpretation may be submitted in lieu of the AD/HD Disability Assessment Form.

Psychiatric/Mental Health

Psychiatric Disability Assessment Form

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

General Disability Assessment Form plus an audiological evaluation and/or audiogram, no older than 3 years if loss is progressive

Mobility, Systemic,  or Health-Related Disabilities

General Disability Assessment Form

Low Vision or Blindness

General Disability Assessment 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 Assessment Form

A recent neuropsychological assessment (within the last 3 years for high school students and the last 5 years for adults) with test analysis and interpretation may also be required.

Please see Disability Documentation Policies for additional information on disability documentation.

3. Check your email (@wisc.edu email if activated) for next steps while you are gathering documentation of your disability.

Your next steps may include submitting additional documentation or scheduling an intake appointment.

If you don't receive an email within 5 business days of submitting the Online Contact Form, please contact us.

McBurney prefers to send information to your @wisc.edu account. Please activate your account as soon as possible.


4. Participate in an intake appointment.

You will receive an email inviting you to schedule an intake appointment. If you are not living near Madison, the intake can be done via phone or video conferencing.

If You Are Found Eligible for Services

  • Your accommodation specialist will record all recommended services on your Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA) form. You can view your VISA online.
  • You will receive instructions for completing training on using your VISA and all approved services that require training.
  • You will receive a laminated copy of your VISA once you complete all training.
  • You will need to follow procedures for arranging services that you learned about during training.
  • You should contact McBurney staff if you are experiencing any problems and need assistance in resolving them.

Students Requesting Sign Language Interpreters Captioning/CART, Closed Captioning, and Braille

  • Complete the Online Contact Form before you are admitted to UW-Madison. These services take the longest to arrange since they may involve recruiting new staff.

How long does it take to receive services?

Students should allow enough time to 1) complete the eligibility determination process and 2) make arrangements for services. Turnaround times will depend upon time of year, how quickly appropriate disability documentation is submitted, and the services being requested. Once you have completed the eligibility process, some services such as test accommodations and notetaking can generally be arranged in a few weeks with the help of faculty. Services such as sign language interpreting, captioning/CART, closed captioning and braille may take up to 8 weeks to arrange.

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