Your role

Ways you can create a culture of inclusion. If we understand how we can create inclusion, we can envision a UW-Madison where everyone belongs.

We believe everyone should be able to participate, and that means accessibility is our shared responsibility.

Everyone's role

Accessibility is a shared commitment to your fellow Badgers, and it’s the right thing to do. All we have to do is make the commitment and understand our role. If we are accountable to each other we begin to understand that disability is widespread, often nonapparent, and accessibility starts with all of us.

The impact

By understanding the experiences of people with disabilities we can empathize better. We can create a more inclusive environment that allows all people the agency to reach their goals and participate fully. The UW-Madison community includes people with a range of disabilities such as:

  • Mental health conditions (depression, bipolar disorder)
  • Learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia)
  • Health conditions (cancer, asthma, diabetes)
  • Mobility conditions (arthritis, paralysis)
  • Sensory-related disabilities (deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low-vision)

Make a commitment

Make a commitment to help create a more inclusive University community. All you have to do is start small.


UW-Madison values the contributions of each person and respects the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experiences, status, abilities and opinions enrich the university community.

Your role as a student

Faculty & Staff

Accessibility is a shared responsibility, not a system. It becomes system-wide but it starts with an individual practicing accessibility. It takes all of us working together to achieve the university’s mission.

Your role as Faculty and Staff