Disability Resource Services

Getting accommodations for disability-related barriers is easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Submit documentation of disability to DRS. This can be done in person at any Madison College campus, by fax, or by email. See contact info below. Check out the Documentation tab below for details regarding specific disabilities.

Don’t have documentation? Don’t worry! Let’s talk about options! Email or call us for more information! 

2. Schedule your Transition appointment. Watch for a call or email from our Transition Specialist. They will help you schedule and prepare for your Transition appointment.

3. Meet with a Disability Resource Specialist. Discuss your educational goals, learn about the amazing supports at the college, and develop your accommodation plan. Share your accommodation plan with your instructors to request your approved accommodations. 

  • Documentation

    The first step to receiving accommodations is to provide proof or documentation of a disability as defined by the law. If you do not have documentation, contact us at drstransition@madisoncollege.edu to discuss options. 

    Criteria for All Documentation

     Documentation for any disability should: 

    • Be provided by a licensed professional, qualified in the appropriate specialty area; the report should be on letterhead, dated and signed.
    • Include diagnostic information, a description of how the disability affects the student, and an explanation of the current functional limitations of the condition.
    • Be current. We suggest using documentation from the past three years. Documentation of permanent conditions (e.g., a sensory disability) may not need to be as recent. Some chronic and/or changing conditions require information to be more current than three years to provide an accurate picture of functioning.
    • Address the impact of medication or other treatments on major life activities.

    Guidelines for Specific Disability Documentation

    In addition to the above criteria, there are specific guidelines for the following disabilities:

    • Learning Disability (LD)
    • Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
    • Psychiatric or Mental Health Disability
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (closed or open)
    • Physical/Sensory/Other Health Impairments (i.e. deafness, visual disabilities, etc.) 
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder

    How to Get the Documentation to Us

    Once you have what you need, you may submit it in person at any Madison College campus, send it by fax to 608.246.6691, or email it to drstransition@madisoncollege.edu

  • Events

    We hold college and community events that don't just level the playing field, we are changing the game. Here are some of these events: 

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    College Success - Transition First

    (3-credit course offered each summer for freshmen)

    The Transition First course explores the critical issues linked to the transition to college for students with disabilities (SWD). SWD often experience significant barriers transitioning to college life and as a result, the success of students with disabilities in higher education relies upon their ability to understand the impact of their disability on learning and living independently. 

    Focus Forward

    (held yearly in August)

    This is a half-day transition orientation program aimed at assisting students with disabilities to transition from high school to Madison College. You probably have already attended another orientation specific to your academic program here at Madison College. This event is specifically for students with disabilities with the intent to help you get ready for your first day of college.
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    Disability Awareness Month

    (held yearly in October)

    Disability Awareness Month aims to increase awareness and promote independence, integration, and inclusion of all people with disabilities in society. During Disability Awareness Month, Madison College celebrates the ways in which individuals with disabilities strengthen and diversify our society by embracing the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our college, workplaces and communities.

    Find Your Future

    (held yearly in March)

    Find your Future is a special event at Madison College for Dane County high school students with disabilities. Through a variety of speakers, breakout sessions and classroom activities, students will learn what it takes to attend Madison College and what careers are available. This is a great opportunity for students to be exposed to amazing programs at Madison College. Breakout sessions include presentations from Student Life, Advising, Disability Resource Services, a campus tour, technology demonstrations and the opportunity to complete a FREE admission application! 

    Looking Forward

    (held yearly in November)

    Join us for an evening with representatives from organizations offering a variety of post-high school opportunities and support for individuals with disabilities. Even if you have not yet reached your senior year of high school, this event provides an opportunity to start planning for your future. This event is sponsored by area school districts and Madison College. 

    Parent Preview

    (held yearly)

    Parent Preview event is focused on helping parents and guardians learn about Madison College and the support services we offer. It is intended to help parents understand the differences between high school and college and to ease concerns they may have about their son or daughter attending college. Please note that this event is not intended for students; students should attend Focus Forward in August.

Madison College does not perform disability assessments. For any disability, the evaluation/assessment must be provided by a licensed professional, qualified in the appropriate specialty area for the type of disability that the student has. Please see our list of Disability Assessment Resources (PDF, 179KB). The list is not comprehensive, but contains professionals who have indicated an interest in providing assessments.  

 


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