Disability Resources for Students


Academic accommodations are determined for each student on an individual basis.  Requested accommodations must be supported by the documented effects of the disability.  Following are some common accommodations available through or provided by DRS.  This list is not inclusive and the accommodations listed may not apply to the effects of every disability.

How to use approved accommodations

Once a student has been approved for accommodations by their DRS counselor they will be sent a Student Eligibility Letter via our myDRS system along with necessary next steps. Students use the myDRS system to select which approved accommodations they want to use in a course. Through myDRS a Faculty Notification Letter is delivered to course faculty. Submissions need to be done in a timely manner and accommodations can not be submitted retroactively. Once faculty have been notified students need to meet with them to discuss the details of how each accommodation will/can work in course.

Accommodations beyond the classroom

UW On-Campus 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.

Clinicals, Clerkships & Internships

Are you thinking about or planning on doing an internship, clerkship, clinical, etc? If so, are you wondering what accommodations you may need, or are unsure if you may need them at all? Set up a time to consult with your DRS Counselor at least a quarter before you start. As accommodations can take multiple weeks to coordinate for non-classroom or off campus internships working with your DRS Counselor early is important to your success.

Field courses & Field trips

Does your program have field courses and/or field trips as a part of a course or the larger program? Connect with your DRS Counselor as soon as you are aware of these so DRS can work with the department to ensure accessibility is considered and additional accommodations for access are explored.

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 during 2014. Remember, you can request accommodations from DRS for your study abroad program, but those have to be submitted two months before you leave.

What are not accommodations in higher education

Disability Resource for Students works to ensure access for students with disabilities by designing and implementing accommodations. However, there are some items that are not considered accommodations in higher education; this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Personal care attendant
  • Modifying curriculum
  • Requiring a professor to change a teaching style