Disability Resources for Students
Disability Resources for Students
Welcome to Disability Resources for Students (DRS), a unit within the Division of Student Life. DRS is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate, professional, Evening Degree and Access programs for over 30 years. DRS serves approximately 1,400 students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. Students partner with our office to establish services for their access and inclusion on campus.
Talk to a DRS Counselor
Prospective or current students will have the opportunity to speak with a DRS counselor without an appointment during Counselor on Duty (COD) hours. COD hours are designed for questions that can be addressed in 15 minutes or less. If the question is complex, a full-hour appointment will be scheduled for another day, phone questions are welcome.
Counselor on Duty (COD) hours for Spring (March 16-June 12)
- Mon, Wed & Fri, 11 am-12 pm and Tue & Thur, 1-2 pm
Admitted Student Preview Information
Disability Resources for Students will have an additional 12-1pm COD hour during Admitted Student Preview for participants. If you have questions about how accommodations would work at the UW or how to transition with success from K-12 to the UW come and talk to one of our staff members. DRS will also be present at the Resources Fair connected to Preview Days so stop by and say hello. Here are some additional information to review as you think about working with DRS:
- Getting Started
- Difference Between K-12 and College
- Parents and Family information
- UW On-Campus Housing Accommodations
Foster School of Business WSA Accommodations
Students who are seeking accommodations for the Foster School of Business Writing Skills Assessment (WSA) should follow the directions at the WSA directions webpage.
Important Spring Quarter Dates
To make a timely request for specific accommodations, review the Request Timeline page.
- Spring quarter starts: March 30th
- Priority Registration for Fall 2015: May 8th- June 21st
- Fall Housing Accommodation Requests: Returning Student April 1st, New Student June 15th
- Spring Finals Exam Request: June 1
UW Housing Accommodations
For more information on the housing accommodation process or to submit a request go to our UW Housing page above or click on this link: UW Housing Disability Accommodations.
ADA 25th Anniversary Events and Information
July 26th, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of this historical civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. The University of Washington will be celebrating this milestone April 2015-June 2016 through various campus events and activities. DRS will be hosting this webpage for events and resources connected to the university efforts
DO-IT Spring Ops Newsletter
Study Abroad Accommodations
If you have not thought about doing a study abroad experience now is the time to get curious! Check out the UW Study Abroad site and see what possibilities await you in the numerous excursion opportunities. DRS had 60+ students participate in a study abroad program last year, remember you can request accommodations from DRS for your study abroad programs but those have to be in 2 months before you leave.
- UW Study Abroad
- Mobility International, a resource for disabilities traveling abroad
- Scholarships for Study Abroad through MIUSA: Apply by April 1st
Online Document Conversion Tool
DRS and UW IT Accessibility Technology Services are piloting a free web based tool for students, staff and faculty to convert their own documents into an alternative format. It is called the Document Conversion Service and it is free to the UW campus.
Career Development and Students with Disabilities
Recent changes in federal legislation regarding employment are benefiting people with disabilities now more than ever. DRS, Career Services and DO-IT are partnering on creating resources and information as you embark on your transition to work after the UW.
Meet our Staff
List of current DRS Staff and contact information is available at the meet our staff page.
Events & Opportunities
Small collection of current UW workshops, internships, job opportunities and other applicable endeavors available at our UW Events & Opportunities page.