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Accessibility at UW–Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive campus experience for all members of the campus community. The University has a rich history in providing access to individuals with disabilities and strives to continue this strong tradition through an established network of programs and resources that highlight disability, accessibility, and accommodations for students, employees, visitors, and guests.

This list of campus resources is coordinated by the University’s ADA Coordinator. If you cannot find the information you need, or if you would like to suggest a change to information referred to in this site, please email the ADA Coordinator or call the Office of Compliance.

Accessibility Information for

Students

Students with disabilities are served through the McBurney Disability Resource Center for all their accommodation needs ranging from academic to housing to digital and physical campus accessibility. The McBurney Center also provides universally-designed instructional resources for faculty, and strives to create an inclusive campus environment that allows students to engage, explore, and participate in the Wisconsin Idea.

Employees and Job Applicants

Employees with disabilities and job applicants are supported through the campus network of Divisional Disability Representatives. The Employee Disability Resources Office leads the Divisional Disability Representatives program and serves as the campuswide hub for information on the disability accommodation process for employees and applicants. The Employee Disability Resources Office is responsible for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s employment provisions and offers essential information, consultation, education, and referral services to employees and applicants, Divisional Disability Representatives, and supervisors and managers to help minimize barriers in the workplace.

Visitors and Guests

Visitors with disabilities, including guests such as spouses of employees residing in University Housing, work with University departments to seek accommodations to participate in programs, activities, and services at UW–Madison. Guests or visitors are encouraged to contact the event sponsor or department early if they are seeking a disability-related accommodation. Assistance and further information may be obtained by contacting the ADA Coordinator.

Accessibility Resources

Digital Accessibility

UW–Madison has a long-standing web accessibility policy. This policy helps to ensure that our digital environment is accessible and free from barriers for all members of the University community. Learn more about how to make content, websites, and systems accessible via the “Make it accessible” guides. For assistance with evaluating accessibility and usability, please contact the Center for User Experience.

Additionally, assistive technology for students, staff, and faculty is available in computer labs throughout campus. These computer labs are free, and many have staff available for assistance. Visit the computer labs website for information on a lab near you.

Facilities and Campus Access

UW–Madison offers a Disability Resource Guide through the Division of Facilities Planning and Management. This guide provides information on physical access to campus for people with disabilities, accessible pedestrian routes, emergency planning and evacuation procedures, accessible building entrance and elevator access locations. This guide also lists building and classroom locations containing assistive listening devices, in addition to information on requesting snow removal.

Academic Research

The UW Disability Studies Initiative is a transdisciplinary program dedicated to advancing knowledge by, about, and for people with disabilities. Disability studies explores models and theories that examine social, political, cultural, and economic factors that define disability and help determine personal and collective responses to difference. Visit the Disability Studies Initiative website for more information on faculty, course offerings, and research publications.

Library Accessibility

The UW–Madison libraries are committed to providing access to all library facilities and collections for people with disabilities. Whenever possible, the libraries will select and acquire resources and technologies that are accessible to all. For historical library collections that are not accessible, the libraries are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and timely access to appropriately reformatted media. Visit the Libraries website for information on digital delivery, library locations and building accessibility, and additional resources.

UW–Madison’s Home Page

University Marketing has designed the UW–Madison home page using best practices in standards-based Web design. The website is in compliance with the University’s web accessibility policy and incorporates programming languages and tools to present content and functionality in a manner that accommodates a range of Web browsing software. Beyond the basic aspects of prescribed accessibility standards, best judgement has been applied in implementing a website design that meets the needs of all users. For more information or to provide feedback concerning web design and implementation choices, please email web@umark.wisc.edu. We value your feedback!