Ways faculty and staff can help create a more inclusive university. Accessibility is everyone’s role at UW-Madison, and we encourage you to make a commitment to help create a more inclusive community.
A key resource to assist employees is the Employee Disability Resources Office.
Including professional development courses to help you understand disability and accessibility.
Accommodations, facilities, transportation, designing for accessibility, academic research, and more.
In the classroom
Faculty may receive a variety of accommodation requests. The more you make your course accessible, the fewer accommodation requests you may receive and the more students with or without accessibility needs will be able to use, learn, and navigate your course materials and classroom experiences.
Accessibility matters in every course. You cannot know all of your student’s needs. Students with (or without) various types of disabilities can experience the same barriers in the classroom. Barriers can also vary significantly from student to student, even when they share the same disability.
Schools, colleges, divisions, and units each have a trained contact who can help answer employee’s questions. This person is known as the Divisional Disability Representative, or DDR.
The DDR can assist with common questions and concerns including:
- Accommodation request process
- Confidentiality, rights, and responsibilities
- Family and Medical Leave
- Accessible parking and ergonomic assessments
Policies, accommodations, and appeals
The university has reasonable accommodation policies, including reassignment, for University (Classified) Staff, Academic Staff, and Faculty.
Employee accommodations and appeals
UW-Madison provides specific processes for employees and applicants for employment who have been denied an accommodation to file an appeal with the ADA Coordinator.