Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Accommodations for Students & Guests with Health, Mobility, and Other Conditions / Disabilities

Please note: This page contains information about requesting accommodations for the SOAR Program, placement testing, and for the school year, which are separate processes. Please read the entire page!

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Request Accommodations for Placement Testing

This section applies to placement tests only. Please see the request accommodations for the school year section for information about arranging accommodations for tests and exams during the academic year. If you plan to complete your placement testing through computer-based testing do not register online for your tests until you have completed the steps below and have received instructions from the appropriate office.

For more information about placement testing accommodations, please visit:  or contact Tim O’Connor at Testing and Evaluation Services, 608-262-9151,

Placement test accommodations may include extended time, enlarged text, braille, scribes, and specialized equipment. Due to the structure and content of the exams, however, an audio version of the exam cannot be provided.

Request Accommodations for the SOAR Program (For students and guests with health, mobility, and other conditions / disabilities)

SOAR staff members are happy to assist you and your guests with needs you may have due to a permanent or temporary disability or condition. Accommodation requests must be made through your SOAR reservation process. Below are common accommodation requests:

  • Transportation assistance due to permanent or temporary mobility issues
  • Printed materials in large print, Braille, audio, or electronic format
  • Reader/assistant to complete forms during SOAR (Student only)
  • Extended time for advising and registration to meet communication needs (e.g., hearing loss, visual impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, etc.) (Student only)
  • Assistive listening device
  • Real-time captioning
  • Sign language interpreters

Request Accommodations for the School Year

The McBurney Disability Resource Center provides services and accommodations for UW-Madison students with conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Serious chronic health conditions (e,g., Crohn’s, chronic migraine, lupus, etc.)
  • AD/HD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mobility, sensory, learning, and other traditional disabilities

Disability-related services and accommodations help ensure equal access to programs, services, and activities at UW-Madison. Examples include the following:

  • Test accommodations
  • Study and learning skills assistance
  • Notetaking
  • Assistive technology
  • Scholarships
  • Advocacy with faculty and staff for reasonable accommodations
  • Counseling modules on academic anxiety and executive functioning
  • Transition services

Disability information submitted to the McBurney Center is maintained by McBurney. Disability information or disclosure to other campus entities is maintained within that entity’s secure recordkeeping system. All disability information is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Students decide to disclose disability status to faculty and/or staff when relevant to the educational (e.g., advising, registration, etc.) or accommodation process.

You should begin the McBurney eligibility process now even if you are unsure if you want to use accommodations.  Starting now will help avoid a lengthy delay in receiving services should they be needed.

Any disability-related information previously sent to other offices (e.g., Admissions, SOAR, placement testing sites, etc.) must be resent to McBurney to begin the service eligibility process for accommodations for the school year.

Confidentiality: The SOAR Program takes the confidentiality of student records very seriously. Disability accommodations information will only be shared with staff members on a need-to-know basis. Requesting accommodations will NOT affect your admission, advising experience, or course selection.

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