Important Dates & Reminders
- Freshmen Students: The format and timeline for McBurney Orientation and Service Training (MOST) for Freshmen and Parents for students starting Fall 2021 is still being determined.
- Freshmen/Transfer Students: Please request accommodations for placement tests and SOAR, if needed.
- Incoming Fall Students: Please apply for accommodations 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, you can establish eligibility now, so accommodations can be implemented quickly should you need them.
- Student Face Covering & COVID-19 Testing Accommodations: If you are a student requesting an accommodation related to campus face covering or Spring 2021 COVID-19 testing requirements, please indicate this in your application.
3 Steps to Apply for Accommodations
1. Complete the McBurney Connect Student Online Application
- Complete the “McBurney Connect Online Student Application” as early as possible.
- A UW-Madison NetID is required (information on activating your NetID)
- If you have not yet applied to UW-Madison and have questions about accommodations, email McBurney Center Transition Services.
- COVID-19 & Face Covering Accommodations: If you are requesting an accommodation related to campus face covering or Spring 2021 Covid-19 testing requirements, please indicate this in your application.
- If you already have documentation, you can upload it as part of the application.
- After submitting the application, verify that you received an automated confirmation email.
2. Schedule and Participate in an Initial Meeting (In-Person, Phone or Video Conference)
- You will receive an email from your assigned access consultant. (If you do not receive an email from your access consultant within 5 business days of submitting the online application, please check your junk mail and then contact us.)
- The initial meeting is a conversation with your access consultant in-person, by phone, or by video conference about your accommodation requests, accommodation history, and the impact of your condition(s).
3. Start gathering and submitting documentation of your disability(s)
- Note: Please ask your Access Consultant to email you a link to upload documentation directly into McBurney Connect or send to the office fax (608) 265-2998. Due COVID-19, there may be delays in accessing documentation sent via mail or other shipping options.
- 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.
- If no formal diagnosis, see Undiagnosed Students info
|Disability Type||Appropriate Documentation to Submit to McBurney|
|Learning Disability||Most recent psychoeducational evaluation (within last 3-5 years preferred);
IEP/504 plan containing information about the disabling condition
(See also Learning Disability Documentation Guidelines page for additional information.)
|AD/HD||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.
Next Steps and Frequently Asked Questions
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What Happens After You Are Found Eligible for Services?
- You will receive instructions for completing training on all approved accommodations that require training.
- Your access consultant will record all recommended accommodations in McBurney Connect. You can view approved accommodations in McBurney Connect by clicking on “My Eligibility”.
- You will need to follow procedures for sending Faculty Notification Letters and requesting accommodations that you learned about during training.
- You should contact McBurney staff if you are experiencing any issues.
What if You Will be Requesting Sign Language Interpreters, CART/C-Print Captioning, Closed Captioning, or Braille?
These accommodations take the longest to arrange since they may involve recruiting new staff.
If you have applied to UW-Madison, you can complete the “McBurney Connect Student Application” before you are admitted.
If you have not yet applied to UW-Madison, but have questions or are considering UW-Madison, please email McBurney Center Transition Services.
How long does it take to receive accommodations?
Students should allow enough time to 1) complete the eligibility determination process and 2) make arrangements for accommodations. Turnaround times will depend upon time of year, how quickly appropriate disability documentation is submitted, and the accommodations being requested. Once you have completed the eligibility process, some accommodations such as alternative testing and notetaking can generally be arranged in a few weeks with the help of instructors. Accommodations such as sign language interpreting, captioning/CART, closed captioning, and braille may take up to 8 weeks to arrange.