Start with Accessibility Services

CUW is committed to removing barriers that prevent students with disabilities from achieving their academic goals. Whether you are a current CUW student or incoming freshman, the information below will help you to begin the process of registering with the ARC.

What is a disability?

Under the Americans with Disability Action Section 504: A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Who is eligible for Accessibility Services?

To receive services from CUW's Accessibility Services, the student, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. In addition, students must provide appropriate documentation which supports the physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

The ARC has provided a handbook to answer any questions

Click here to view the ARC-AS Handbook.

How do I register with Accessibility Services?

  • Students must apply, be accepted, and enrolled in courses at Concordia University Wisconsin to start the process.
  • Student must complete the Registration for Accessibility Services.
  • Student must submit current documentation from a licensed professional regarding disability.
  • Within 7 business days of receiving the application and documentation the Academic Resource Center will contact the student to schedule an intake appointment.
  • Once the file is complete students will be informed of the outcome via CUW email within 7 days of the intake appointment.
Register Here

What documentation is needed?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities have certain protection and rights to accommodations in colleges and universities. Documentation must be recent and include an evaluation by a licensed clinical professional (who is to related to the person being evaluated) describing the current impact and limitations of the disability. This standard of documentation also applies to housing accommodation request due to physical or medical conductions. It is the student’s sole responsibility to provide recent, professional, medical document of his or her disability The documentation should include the following:

  • A comprehensive statement identifying the disability/condition, date of the current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis
  • A description of the diagnostic criteria and /or diagnostic test(s) used.
  • Treatment, medications, assistive devices/service currently prescribed or being used.
  • A description of the current functional impact/limitations of the disability.
  • Recommendations for specific accommodations and rationale for those recommendations.
  • The credentials of the diagnosing professional(s) including the training and experience which enabled the person capable of making the diagnosis(es).

Please note: most I.E.P. (Individual Educational Plans) from high school do not include the full psycho-educational testing and results required. For your convenience, you may also choose to provide your health care professional with the Accessibility Services Verification Form

Printable Accessibility Services Documentation Guidelines

Where can I receive an assessment if I think I have a disability?

If you suspect you have a learning disability and need to be assessed, there are a few things you should do. First, if you have insurance, check with your insurance provider regarding coverage for learning disability assessments (sometimes called psycho-educational or neuro-psychological evaluations). If assessments are covered, inquire about the process for finding a provider in your area. Second, ask your doctor to refer you to a licensed health professional, such as a psychologist, who has the expertise to perform learning disability assessments. Oftentimes, a referral from your doctor increases the likelihood that your insurance company will cover at least part of the cost for the assessment.

Timeliness of Decisions Concerning Accommodation Requests

It is our goal in Accessibility Services to process requests for accommodations in a timely manner. This means that we can usually process completed requests within 7- 14 business days. However, during peak times, e.g. at the beginning of a semester or for more complex requests, this timeline often needs to be reasonably extended. Please consider this when seeking accommodations and submit your requests as early as possible. Initial requests for accommodations are considered complete when Accessibility Services has:

Please note: the 7–14 business days begin at the time the complete request for accommodations is received by the ARC.

Students registered with Accessibility Services

As a student registered with Accessibility Services, it is our hope that you will utilize your accommodations to help you be successful in your courses throughout your time at CUW. Now that you are a successfully registered with Accessibility Services, here is what you need to know.

Upon successful completion of the review process for Accessibility Services:
  1. An email will be sent to your CUW account with login information for the Accessibility Services portal.
  2. Once you have received access to the portal, you can begin submitting “Accommodation Requests.” This is where you will get to choose the courses for which you will use your accommodations.
  3. Students can submit accommodation requests: after they have registered for classes, no sooner than midterms the semester prior. The ideal time to submit accommodation requests is 1-2 months prior to the beginning of the semester for which the student wants to use their accommodations.
To submit accommodation requests:
  • Step 1: Log in to your ARC Portal Under the term that you are requesting for, choose the courses for which you want to use your accommodations
  • Step 2: Click on “Continue to Customize Your Accommodations"
  • Step 3: Choose which accommodations you want to use in each of the classes you already selected
  • Step 4: Submit Your Accommodation Requests

Complete instructions on submitting accommodation requests.

After submission:
  • The ARC will send out your faculty notification emails (typically 1 week prior to the start of the semester if you request accommodations before the semester begins) You will be CC’d on the faculty notification emails
  • You should plan to meet with your professor during the first two weeks of class to introduce yourself and to discuss your needs in their specific course
Testing Accommodations:
  • If you have been approved for testing accommodations, you will be allowed to schedule exams, quizzes, and final exams in the Testing Center
  • Review your syllabus for each class at the beginning of the semester to determine when you will need to sign-up for your exams. You can sign up for exams through your ARC portal
  • Students must submit requests for exams and quizzes at least 3 business days in advance
  • Requests to take final exams in the testing center must be submitted at least 5 business days in advance

Complete instructions on submitting testing requests

Please remember that accommodations are not retroactive and therefore cannot be applied to previously graded work. Though students registered with the ARC have the ability to choose the classes for which they want to use their accommodations, students must request accommodations each semester. The student is responsible to seek support.

We recommend that you review your syllabus for each class at the beginning of the semester to determine when you will need to sign-up for your exams. You can sign up for exams through your ARC portal. Please remember that you are not required to utilize all of your accommodations in all of your classes. Students registered with the Accessibility Services have the ability to choose the classes for which they want to use their accommodations. With that being said, please also remember that accommodations are not retroactive and therefore cannot be applied to previously graded work. For more information, see the Accessibility Services Student Guidelines. Don’t forget to utilize all of the free services the Academic Resource Center provides!