In your courses, you will work with students who encounter disability-related barriers in university environments. In order to give everyone an equal chance to learn well, UW–Madison provides accommodations for students with disabilities. Accommodations are approved for individual students based on their particular circumstances/needs and barriers at a given time.
The overall goal of providing accommodations is access – access that is inclusive and respectful of learners’ identities. Disabled students deserve to have access to course materials, classrooms, lectures, and in-class discussion with classmates in a timely and effective way, so that they have an equal chance to learn and be successful in your course.
An important distinction: Accommodations do not ensure success in your class – they are not shortcuts or lowering the standards of the course. Accommodations provide equal opportunities to pursue learning.
This guide will help you learn about supporting students with disabilities, as well as discover strategies for working collaboratively with your students and the McBurney Center to provide a high-quality learning experience for everyone.
How to navigate this guide
Feel free to start with the topic that’s most relevant to you or to review all four topics for a thorough overview. Reading time for each topic is estimated to be 5-15 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for Review & Apply activities.
If you have questions or are having trouble finding the information you need, please contact us.
Thank you for partnering with the McBurney Center to ensure access so students with disabilities can realize their full potential.